Photographers unite to support the LGBTIQ+ community

Afrofuturism by Francois Ferreira & Paul Samuels

Here’s your chance to own a piece of art, and to make a difference. A group of South African photographers are taking part in an online print sale to raise funds to support vulnerable members of the LGBTIQ+ community in the Western Cape.

The print sale project brings together leading and emerging South African photographers to raise urgently needed donations through an online limited edition print sale.

The artwork available ranges from images of regional landscapes to intimate portraits.

With each of the images sold, 100% of the proceeds will provide a complete food box, range of hygiene products (including face masks, soap and sanitary pads), and vital electricity credit for an LGBTIQ+ individual or family affected by the health, economic and social issues caused by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

WE CAN (Working for Equality Community Action Network), a grassroots network made up of Cape Town residents setting out to provide urgent assistance to the local LGBTIQ+ community, is leading the initiative, in partnership with Triangle Project for fundraising, community outreach and emergency assistance.

“For many who identify as LGBTIQ+ in the cape flats and townships, home is a place where many sleep rough and regularly need to move about – often because their family of origin has made their lives impossible through expressions of violence, prejudice, homophobia or transphobia,” said WE CAN in a statement.

“Water and sanitation is a constant issue, and many find themselves living without basic sanitary conditions and live in spaces that are unhygienic. Many LGBTIQ+ individuals group together in chosen families, to support and care for each other through generations – there are children and older people in these communities. As with any families, there is love and care, but also much vulnerability that has been severely heightened through the pandemic.”

The participating photographers are; Aart Verrips, Alessandro Iovino, Alexia Webster, Antonia Steyn, Carl Collison, Caroline Mackintosh, Duane Howard, Francis Marais, Francois Visser, Gabriella Achadinha, Gavin Goodman, Hayden phipps, Hylton Boucher, J’Dee Allin, Jacques Weyers, Kent Andreasen, Kyle Springate, Lee-Ann Olwage, Luke Kuisis, Marcel Maasen, Nadia Von Scotti, Nonzuzo Gxekwa, Rudi Geyser, Sven Kristian

You can view and purchase all the artwork at www.theprintsaleproject.com. All prints are A4, printed by Dog Ear Editions in Cape Town and cost $40 each. The online sale ends on 30 June 2020.

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