‘I am a Different Me’ is the bold statement of a photo exhibition so themed to focus on the stigma and discrimination lesbian women, bisexual women, trans-gender non-conforming women, experience in their everyday lives.
The informative exhibition is on at Franco Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC).
Initiated by artist Jo Rogge, assisted by Julia Hango, it is as a result of a two-day workshop held by SO Namibia Collective and Out-Right Namibia, a local non-governmental organisation advocating for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people in Namibia and equity for them. The exhibition is further focusing and interrogating on how the communities, families and the individuals in these images view themselves conceptually and otherwise.
The photographs capture the journey of the participants’ sexuality, gender identity and expression through demystifying labels and forms of stigma and discrimination they are daily facing from their community strengthen homo- and transphobia against them.
Rogge says women who participated in the workshop identify as lesbian, bisexual, trans-gender and gender non-conforming women and shared their stories and reflections on how sexuality impacts their lives’ experiences of stigma and discrimination and elaborated extensively on how they see themselves as individuals within their gender identities and expressions enabling them to claim their own bodies by reaffirming themselves. The exhibition runs until October 13.