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"Identity" is an image I took while covering an AIDS Day event in 2007. "Identity" went on to be showcased in shows like Strike A Pose - Gender ID in 2008 and Crossing Boundaries in 2010 at Leslie-Lohman gallery in Manhattan.
As part of Crossing Boundaries, a multimedia art show (2010 Fresh Fruit Festival), “Identity” talks about, well, our identity, as individuals. “Identity” suggests an express-yourself way of looking at who we really are (or questioning it, for that matter, while trying to find the truth), and not being afraid to show it. In a way, "Identity" is about smiling through tears—the outfit and makeup may put a smile on our faces, yet the topic of the event is AIDS—it is about courage to put on an outfit and makeup that would make an individual a target to be ridiculed and laughed at. "Identity" is also about passion and determination to make a difference, performing in front of an audience in order to raise money for a good cause—ultimately finding an AIDS cure.
These qualities—courage, passion, determination—piece together a sketched portrait of the LGBTQ community. In time, many others appear, adding to the portrait…