Expo: United Love

27 juli 2019

09:30 - 17:00MediaCafé

Van 27 juli tot en met 4 augustus is een bijzondere expositie te zien door CinemAsia, die in het teken staat van 25 jaar Pride in Azië. Het treffende werk van fotograaf Watsamon Tri-yasakda is gratis te zien in het Media Café, dus loop binnen en check it out!

United Love: Documenting Pride in Asia

English Below

Ongeveer 60% van de wereldbevolking leeft in het diverse continent Azië. Hier zijn de verschillen tussen de houdingen naar de LHTBI-gemeenschappen ontzettend groot. Afgelopen jaren zijn er veel ontwikkelingen geweest als het om LHTBI-rechten gaat, met extreem verschillende resultaten. Ondanks progressie in sommige landen, is het hele onderwerp nog steeds een taboe en een strijd in veel oosterse culturen.

Het is precies 25 jaar geleden dat er in Azië het eerste Pride evenement werd georganiseerd, in Manila (Filipijnen). Sindsdien is er ontzettend veel gebeurd. Om hierbij stil te staan presenteert CinemAsia United Love: Documenting Pride in Asia. Dit is een collectie van foto’s tussen 2015 en 2019 door de Thaise fotograaf Watsamon Tri-yasakda. Deze collectie laat LHTBI-gemeenschappen zien in heel Azië, van Manila tot Taipei en het eerste Pride evenement in Yangon (Birma).

CinemAsia presents pride in asia

Over fotograaf Watsamon Tri-yasakda

Watsamon Tri-yasakda, ook wel bekend als ‘June’, is fotograaf en visueel storyteller. Ze komt uit Bangkok en documenteert problemen rondom mensenrechten in heel Zuidoost-Azië. Haar werk wordt internationaal gepubliceerd en getoond. Sinds 2018 is ze werkzaam bij THE STANDARD, een van de grootste online nieuwsverschaffers in Thailand.

United Love, documenting Pride in Asia wordt gesteund door de Gemeente Amsterdam, China Airlines en natuurlijk door VondelCS.

ENGLISH DESCRIPTION

Asia is home to 60% of the world’s population and is culturally rich and diverse, as is the various attitudes towards the LGBTQ communities throughout the continent. In recent years, we have witnessed many significant developments in LGBTQ rights with extremely diverse results. Despite the progress in some areas, the LGBTQ experience remains a taboo and an unspoken struggle in many cultures.

2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the first ever pride event in Asia, which took place in Manila, The Philippines. As we move forward in time, many developments for LGBTQ rights in Asia has taken place, from the decriminalisation of gay sex in India, to Asia’s first marriage equality bill in Taiwan. As a reflection of what Pride stands for, CinemAsia is proud to present United Love: Documenting Pride in Asia, a collection of photography work from 2015 to 2019 by Thai photojournalist Watsamon Tri-yasakda, which showcases documentations of Pride or similar LGBTQ public activities throughout Asia, from Manila to Taipei to the first ever pride event in Yangon in the beginning of 2019.

About the Photographer

Watsamon Tri-yasakda, also known as “June” is a photographer and visual storyteller based in Bangkok, Thailand. She is actively documenting issues of human rights for LGBTIQ community in Thailand and Southeast Asia. She has been working with local and international editorial publications, organisations and commercial clients. Her work has been published and featured in the local and international publications such as The Momentum, Sarakadee Magazine, BK Magazine, Coconuts, Buzzfeed and After Ellen. In 2018, she works as a full-time photographer at THE STANDARD, Thai leading creative online news agency.

Tri-yasakda grew up in Bangkok, which is also known as one of the most open-minded and queer friendly city in Asia. However, her experiences of Pride were only witnessed on screen, as Bangkok has never had any pride events. This lack of community and participation has motivated Tri-yasakda to start her journey in 2015, in order to experience the euphoria, sense of belonging, and pride. She is determined to document as many events in Asia as possible.

The programme is supported by Gemeente Amsterdam, China Airlines, and of course VondelCS!

 

 

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