Living in Limbo (LIL) is a contemporary photography exhibit that honors the complexities of lesbian family life, while revealing a variety of authentic moments shared between family members living in the Deep South. LIL solely focuses on lesbian families, a population that largely has been invisible and underrepresented in public arts. The exhibit’s powerful images and accompanying words invite audiences to envision a world without prejudice and discrimination – a world that celebrates commitment, caring and a family for everyone – a world without limbo.
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT’S CREATOR
Created by Birmingham award-winning photographer Carolyn Sherer, this exhibit features photographic portraits of lesbian families accompanied by a full-color catalog with an essay by author/educator Dr. Ellen Dossett. The participants, all with roots in Alabama, represent a spectrum of diversities in age, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic background. Out of fear of repercussions, some participants have posed with their backs to the camera. The powerful, large-format images challenge viewers to consider their own perceptions and biases about how they define family, equality, and community.
EQUALITY-ALWAYS THE RIGHT CHOICE
This historic exhibition occurs during a time in our nation’s history when societal norms related to LGBT issues are achieving some successes, such as the repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” in the military and acknowledgment of civil unions in many states. However, the Deep South still lags far behind. Through the artistry of its creators, Living in Limbo provides a unique forum for civil and religious leaders—and all citizens—to learn about LGBT families. LIL’s creators also hope the exhibit will help erase the fear of discrimination and ostracism currently felt by many Southern lesbian families by empowering them to openly acknowledge the contributions they make to their communities
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