McClain Gallery presents Canon opening reception
McClain Gallery will present the U.S. debut of Canon, an exhibition comprised of two series of photographs by collaborative artists Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo and Andrew Mroczek. The work hopes to increase dialog and promote awareness and positive change for LGBTQ communities. Canon is being shown in conjunction with the FotoFest 2016 Biennial.
The work is both a celebration of the Peruvian LGBTQ community and a reaction to the ongoing violence they face. As a child, Lima native Barboza-Gubo once witnessed the public beating of a transwoman on the city streets. The indifference of the witnesses haunted him. In 2013, Mroczek was invited to curate an exhibition by Barboza-Gubo at Gallery Cecilia Gonzalez in Lima. During that trip Mroczek first learned of the Peruvian trans community’s struggle for survival. Targets for violence, rape, and murder, transwomen have been forced to lead lives on the fringe of Peru’s society with minimal opportunities, limited access to education and healthcare, and no laws to protect them.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through May 14.