When We Were Strangers
United Photo Industries Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
February 14 – March 22, 2019
What does it mean to be in love? For eight years, in images, writing and life, plain and simple, we have tried to tease out the answer. Love is a cliche, an idea so easy to imagine but impossible to grasp. Like an overripe fruit, it collapses with a bit of pressure into cloying sweetness and the faint sense of something lost.
At its most basic, falling in love means cleaving away something of yourself and becoming something else. It’s painful and hard, but also carries the potential for profound transformation.
When We Were Strangers is the first part of a lifelong project deconstructing love through the prism of our relationship. This first chapter is a love poem of sorts, one that charts what happens when two people attempt to become something more and less than that, when we are more unknown stranger to each other than anything else.
But love is an ouroboros that eats the past that came before it. Who was I before you?
We are interested in the frayed edges, the messy intersections, the elements of ourselves lost and new facets gained in the process, and the limits to all of that.
Both Sides Of The Veil
India Habitat Centre
January 10 – March 18, 2019, New Delhi, India
In 2009, the Delhi High Court decriminalized Section 377 of the penal code, which made same-sex sexual activity illegal. When the decision came down, many believed it was a huge step in a march toward progress in the rapidly changing country.
So the shock was widespread when, just a few years later in 2013, the Supreme Court nullified that decision. Then, at the beginning of September 2018, the Indian Supreme Court struck down Section 377 once and for all, ending years of limbo. But for a time, India had the peculiar distinction of being one of the only (if not the only) countries in the world to have decriminalized and then re-criminalized homosexuality.
Though court convictions were real, they were uncommon. Instead, the law provided legal cover for harassment, physical abuse, and a general climate of homophobia and transphobia. But despite the newfound legal freedom for members of India’s queer community, there are many social barriers that remain before anything like true equality can be claimed.
Through extensive interviews and portraits, this exhibition explores what it’s like to be queer in the present moment in India. And in the age of Trump, Brexit and other dramatic about-faces, this work explores one community’s sudden shift in fortunes, a microcosm of the global tides rewriting our collective sense of progress.
This Is How The Heart Beats
September 13 – 24, 2017, Brooklyn, NY
In Uganda, being outed as a member of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community is more dangerous than ever before. For many, fleeing remains the last resort. Jake Naughton accompanies fugitives on their way from Uganda via Kenya to the USA, where they attempt to build new lives despite fear and isolation.