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Sleeping Hermaphroditus. Greek marble, Roman copy of the 2nd century CE after a Hellenistic original of the 2nd century BC, restored in 1619 by David Larique; mattress: Carrara marble, made by Gianlorenzo Bernini in 1619 on Cardinal Borghese’s request.

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This website aims to provide resources related to the relationship between photography and LGBTQI representations. It features LGBTQI archival materials, historical knowledge, the history of ideas, and workshop outcomes, including photo-texts of LGBTQI historical figures, galleries showcasing diverse LGBTQI representations, photomontages that challenge prejudicial representations of gender, as well as a podcast and photo-text content featuring LBTQI artists.

The website sets its compass to investigate the role photography played in not only amplifying the visibility of the LGBTQI figures, but also shaping it. Investigating the visualization of the LGBTQI figures in the 19th-century, alongside its significance in medical discourse and popular culture, also illuminates contemporary movements and their evolving visibility. While contemporary interpretations of the LGBTQI figures are shaped by different knowledge paradigms and political contexts, the 19th-century set the stage for both the pathologizing visibility of the LGBTQI figures and the mechanisms of its resistance—phenomena that continue albeit transformed in our contemporary landscape.

The website serves dual purposes. Firstly, it aims to expand as a host for inclusive LGBTQI archives by improving accessibility and representation. Collaborating with archivists, artists and activists, it aims to diversify and decolonize content while introducing interactive features. Secondly, it fosters visual thinking through Digital Humanities (DH) projects, hosting student workshops that explore photography’s impact on LGBTQI visibility and identity. These projects, spanning historical photo-texts to contemporary photomontages, offer insights into gender constructions and stereotypes through photography. The website also aims to engage audiences from LGBTQI associations’ workshops.