Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Same-sex Kiss Photo Series Condemned By The Vatican
By CURTIS M WONG, The Huffington Post
A stunning yet Vatican-condemned photo series featuring same-sex couples in passionate embraces inside Roman Catholic churches will get a new life in New York.
The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art will display Rome-based artist Gonzalo Orquín’s “Sí, quiero” photographs in its Wooster Street Window Gallery. In 2013, Orquín (Seville, 1982) had planned to include the photographs in an exhibition titled “Trialogo,” which was scheduled to open at Rome’s Galleria L’Opera.
The photos made international headlines when Vatican reportedly shot down Orquín’s plan, and sent the gallery a notice threatening legal action. Nonetheless, the colorful shots are a natural fit for Leslie-Lohman, according to Museum Director Hunter O’Hanian.
“We selected this work because it was so simple and beautiful,” O’Hanian wrote in an email to The Huffington Post. “These images tell a straightforward story in a very direct way about how people can share their affection for each other and for their religion.”
Noting that the photos “transcend any particular religion, sexual orientation or point of view,” O’Hanian said he felt the images tied into the museum’s mission to exhibit work “which might otherwise be denied access through mainstream venues.”
Take a look at a selection of Orquín’s stunning photos below: