Counting down the days until London Pride 2019? Consider dropping into the first-ever pop-up LGBTQIA+ museum in the UK this weekend. Located in Covent Garden, the space, open until July 1, is just the beginning of a three year partnership between Levi’s and leading nonprofit Queer Britain, with the end goal of founding a permanent gallery dedicated to queer culture. Unveiled earlier this week, the first exhibition Chosen Family showcases the work of artists Alia Romagnoli, Bex Day, Kuba Ryniewicz, and Robert Taylor – four photographers from across the country who were invited to depict their loved ones within the LGBTQIA+ community. Read on for a preview of their brilliant work.
Based in the Northeast, Kuba shoots for the likes of Balenciaga and Loewe; his touching contribution to Chosen Family hones in on the LGBTQIA+ community in Newcastle, his home of 14 years.
With work exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery and Victoria & Albert Museum, Taylor’s spotlights a broad range of LGBTQIA+ families.
A co-founder of the Bidheshi collective, this 22-year-old photographer explores queer, biracial identity in her portraits, shedding light on LGBTQIA+ members of the South Asian community in the process.
A London native, Day is known for her “raw and confrontational” style that celebrates gender fluidity, diversity, and freedom.
Chosen Family is open to the public at 9 Mercer Street until July 1.