Interwoven: Terry, 2014/2015
Interwoven: Ivory, 2014/2015
Archival Pigment Print Hand Woven with Wax Print Fabric. Unique in edition of 3
In this series I explored homosexuality in the hyper-masculine Swaziland culture. Due to the fact that homosexuality in Swaziland is illegal, gay men constantly hide their sexuality and suppress their true identity. I set out to find gay Swazi men, who then confided in me and told me of their individual stories. I then made unique head wraps on each of their heads, giving them their own unique outlet to express their femininity and individuality that they regularly have to hide. It would be taboo for men to wear these head-wraps in public, as that would indicate homosexual tendencies. For each of the men I printed the portrait and wove the fabric from each wrap through out the photograph. In weaving I wove over their face concealing their identity but exposing their eyes to confront the viewer as they are hidden behind the fabric. Through this series, I aim to channel a voice for these suppressed men, while embracing an otherwise frowned-upon identity with a sense of pride without neglecting the reality of their every day existence.
– Kyle Meyer (Brooklyn, NY)