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Launch Night — Wake Up Together: Ren Hang & Where Love is Illegal

15 November 2018

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Where Things are Different

15 August 2017

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The Art of Social Mobility with Tate Exchange

20 November - 25 October 2018

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She Dreams – Yan Wang Preston

24 September - 5 November 2018

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Homotopia: Alaska

23 November 2018

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Homotopia: Ancestral Constellations

26 November 2018

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Homotopia: Brews and Brows

27 November 2018

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Wake Up Together

15 November - 17 February 2019

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Homotopia: Twin Peaks

29 November 2018

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209 Women Crowdfunder

6 September - 17 October 2018

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XU ZHEN: OPTIMIZING

13 July - 7 September 2018

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HIDDEN WORLDS

14 July - 16 July 2018

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New Brighton Revisited

14 July - 25 August 2018

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SEEING FUTURES: HUGH BAIRD PHOTOGRAPHY UNDERGRADUATES & ALUMNI

29 June 2018

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‘ELLESMERE PORT’ WHITBY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT EXHIBITION

22 June 2018

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Liverpool Biennial 2018: Beautiful World Where Are You?

14 July - 28 October 2018

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China Conversation

17 June 2018

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MA Course Brief

1 September 2018

Main Exhibition

Our North

28 March - 30 March 2018

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Snapshot to WeChat: A Migration of Identity

6 April 2018

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The Pier Head – Tom Wood

12 January - 25 March 2018

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Ferry Folk

11 January - 25 March 2018

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Culture Shifts: Local

6 October - 22 December 2017

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Finding Fangorn

26 October - 26 November 2017

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Who We Are

22 June - 26 June 2017

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OPEN 3: AFFECTING CHANGE

7 July - 17 September 2017

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Tate Exchange Liverpool

27 November - 29 November 2016

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28 October - 18 December 2016

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40 Years of Open Eye Gallery: 1977-2017

5 January 2017

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North: Identity, Photography, Fashion

6 January - 19 March 2017

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7 April - 18 June 2017

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Life Beyond Diagnosis

9 October 2016

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Home Is A Person/ L8: The World Lived Here

9 October 2016

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POSITIVE CHANGES

9 October 2016

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WINDS OF CHANGE

9 October 2016

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St Helens

9 October 2016

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As and When

9 October 2016

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Wirral: Another Language/ In The Pink Room

9 October 2016

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Animator Training

9 October 2016

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9 July - 16 October 2016

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Walter & Zoniel: Spectra

9 July - 16 October 2016

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Tromarama

9 July - 31 July 2016

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Telling Tales

6 July - 11 July 2016

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Collected Possibilities

15 June - 19 June 2016

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Open 2: Pieces of You

15 April - 5 June 2016

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Flat Death: Edgar Martins & Jordan Baseman

15 January - 3 April 2016

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Edith Tudor-Hart: Quiet Radicalism

2 March - 29 April 2013

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Mishka Henner: Precious Commodities

2 March - 29 April 2013

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A Lecture Upon The Shadow

7 December - 17 February 2013

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Launch Night — Wake Up Together: Ren Hang & Where Love is Illegal

Join us to launch ‘Wake Up Together’, an exhibition championing the rights of every person to love who they want and live as they wish. Our exhibition launch nights are free and open to all.

For Homotopia Festival 2018, Open Eye Gallery presents two bodies of work pushing for the right to exist in our own skin on our own terms: Ren Hang UK premiere & Robin Hammond’s Where Love is Illegal.

Ren Hang’s photos play upon our sense of touch and the way that our bodies interact, both with our surroundings and each other. He often photographed his friends in Beijing, posed nude in domestic, urban and natural surroundings. His images are charged with a playful freedom to experiment. The fearlessness with which people present their naked selves in his images attracted the attention of Chinese authorities, who deemed the work to be pornographic.

As well as practising photography, Ren wrote poetry that sought to express the depression he felt, whilst also locating fleeting snapshots of same-sex intimacy. The exhibition features his photographs alongside his poetry. The exhibition title, Wake Up Together, is an excerpt from the body of work he produced throughout his lifetime. He took his own life in February 2017.

In 72 countries around the world, there are laws that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex people. In many more countries, violence and prejudice against people who identify as LGBTQI+ is an all too present feature of society. Where Love Is Illegal shares stories from people who are surviving punishment and oppression to live and to love. It champions the right to live free of discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation, and supports those for whom this freedom is not a given. Where Love Is Illegal is led by photographer Robin Hammond and is a project by his non-profit organisation Witness Change.

All of the people who participate in the project worked with the photographer to decide how to present themselves and how they wish to be portrayed. The photos are accompanied by accounts of living through discrimination in cultures that remain hostile to how they love or how they identify, presented in their own handwriting. Where Love is Illegal is an evolving international project that invites anyone to share their personal stories through social media, to push towards a fairer world that allows people of all genders and sexualities to love without persecution. Stories can be shared through their online platform.

Wake Up Together is presented by Open Eye Gallery as part of Homotopia Festival 2018, the UK’s longest-running LGBT+ arts and heritage festival. It runs from 16 November to 17 February, with a launch night on 15 November that all are welcome to. Exhibition of Ren Hang’s work organised in cooperation with Stieglitz19, Belgium. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm. Entrance to Open Eye Gallery is free, always.

Image: Untitled, Ren Hang, 2016. Courtesy of Stieglitz19.

Join us to launch ‘Wake Up Together’, an exhibition championing the rights of every person to love who they want and live as they wish. Our exhibition launch nights are free and open to all.

For Homotopia Festival 2018, Open Eye Gallery presents two bodies of work pushing for the right to exist in our own skin on our own terms: Ren Hang UK premiere & Robin Hammond’s Where Love is Illegal.

Ren Hang’s photos play upon our sense of touch and the way that our bodies interact, both with our surroundings and each other. He often photographed his friends in Beijing, posed nude in domestic, urban and natural surroundings. His images are charged with a playful freedom to experiment. The fearlessness with which people present their naked selves in his images attracted the attention of Chinese authorities, who deemed the work to be pornographic.

As well as practising photography, Ren wrote poetry that sought to express the depression he felt, whilst also locating fleeting snapshots of same-sex intimacy. The exhibition features his photographs alongside his poetry. The exhibition title, Wake Up Together, is an excerpt from the body of work he produced throughout his lifetime. He took his own life in February 2017.

In 72 countries around the world, there are laws that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex people. In many more countries, violence and prejudice against people who identify as LGBTQI+ is an all too present feature of society. Where Love Is Illegal shares stories from people who are surviving punishment and oppression to live and to love. It champions the right to live free of discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation, and supports those for whom this freedom is not a given. Where Love Is Illegal is led by photographer Robin Hammond and is a project by his non-profit organisation Witness Change.

All of the people who participate in the project worked with the photographer to decide how to present themselves and how they wish to be portrayed. The photos are accompanied by accounts of living through discrimination in cultures that remain hostile to how they love or how they identify, presented in their own handwriting. Where Love is Illegal is an evolving international project that invites anyone to share their personal stories through social media, to push towards a fairer world that allows people of all genders and sexualities to love without persecution. Stories can be shared through their online platform.

Wake Up Together is presented by Open Eye Gallery as part of Homotopia Festival 2018, the UK’s longest-running LGBT+ arts and heritage festival. It runs from 16 November to 17 February, with a launch night on 15 November that all are welcome to. Exhibition of Ren Hang’s work organised in cooperation with Stieglitz19, Belgium. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm. Entrance to Open Eye Gallery is free, always.

Image: Untitled, Ren Hang, 2016. Courtesy of Stieglitz19.

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