by Stephen Mead
Artists Note: From Nostalgia through Now and Beyond” is an homage to the historical LGBT Human/Civil rights movement internationally, and especially those who lived “in the life” unsung. Begun in 2015 this series of montages aim is not to be a definitive sociological study so much as an overview of the bravery, heart, and time it takes for progressive strides to be made. It also shows the cyclical nature of such movements and how, for many cultures and populations globally, these strides are still up against a great deal of ignorance, oppression, and violence. The superimposition of unknown same-sex couples from brownie cameras etc., combined with better-known figures like Harry Hay or Barbara Gittings, embraces the diverse heroism (whether sought or accidental), and triumph while acknowledging the cost, the casualties lost along the way. Ultimately the message of this series is that where there is love there is hope.