State Library explores the absence of queer perspectives in Western Australian history

Monday 23 October
  • In Plain Sight imagines what queer relationships may have looked like in Western Australia’s past
  • Exhibit features ambiguous photographs of intimate moments from the State Library’s collection
  • Free event, open from 17 October to 5 December 2017

In Plain Sight opened Tuesday 17 October at the State Library of Western Australia. The exhibit is an experimental interpretation of the Library’s heritage photographic collection, creatively presented to evoke questions about the lack of queer perspectives throughout history.

The black and white exhibit features murals of intimate moments captured in period photographs. The pictures are imaginatively displayed to suggest queer love stories and to emphasise affection and closeness between people. The photographs suggest what queer relationships may have looked like in Western Australia’s past and challenge traditional understandings of historical perspectives.

Gaze upon moments of closeness, affection, love and marriage in this photographic installation of clasped hands, entwined arms, subtle touches, and the nearness of bodies. As most of the people in the photographs are unknown, the State Library welcomes information about them.

In Plain Sight opened Tuesday 17 October and runs until Tuesday 5 December 2017.

Last updated on: 23 Oct 2017