Dear Shaded Viewers,
On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in NYC, +50 Exhibition addresses the concepts of migration and identity by addressing and questioning the subject of gender , sexual identity and sexuality.
The +50 exhibition has a dual objective – to commemorate and evoke the emotion of Stonewall in June 1969 and to warn of the fight that persists globally for the LGBT+ community a half a century later.
Mehdi Dakhli, founder of traveling gallery Contempo, and curator of the +50 exhibition, started designing the project around the work of Raphael Chatelain, a Los Angeles-based photographer who traveled to Honduras and Mexico to follow the «Caravan Migrants», a group of people who crossed Central America under gruel- ling conditions, hoping to reach the United States. During the migration an LGBT+ community formed, to protect itself from discrimination and agression perpetrated by other members of ‘the Caravan’. For several weeks, Raphaël followed these people on their journey, helping them to collect funds, to offer logistical sup- port and to document their journey through a series of photographs on show in this exhibition.
Mehdi Dakhli joins forces with La Galerie and artists Soufiane Ababri, Raphael Chatelain, Andrej Dubravsky, Cleo Kinnaman, Carlos Motta and Vittorio Santoro who have agreed to unite and support this cause to raise awareness of the situation of these people forced to flee their country in order to be free to express who they are.
A limited edition collection of tee shirts featuring a special design by Carlos Motta in collaboration with Mehdi Dakhli and Dan Sablon will be available for purchase at Merci 111 Bd Beaumarchais in Paris and online at www.merci-merci.com
Partial proceeds of the exhibition sales will benefit Rainbow Railroad, a non-profit organization helping LGBT+ people escape violence and persecution to find a pathway to safety. (www.rainbowrailroad.org)
With special thanks to La Galerie, Dan Sablon, Olivier Ponsoye, Andre Schlectriem, Philippe Charpentier and Alex Mor.
84 rue Amelot 75011 Paris
Wednesday 6th November 2019 6pm – 9pm
From 7th – 10th November 2019 Opening Hours: 11am – 7pm