SELF EVIDENT TRUTHS
ONE OF THE CORE IDEAS BEHIND SELF EVIDENT TRUTHS, IS THAT PEOPLE DON’T FIT INTO OVER-SIMPLIFIED BOXES. EVERYONE FALLS SOMEWHERE ON A NUANCED SPECTRUM OF HUMAN SEXUALITY.
In 2010 iO Tillett Wright began a project called Self Evident Truths, photographing anyone that felt like they qualified to fall on some part of the LGBTQ spectrum, from bisexual, to transgender. Shot in simple black and white, in natural light, with no makeup or styling, the photos were intended to humanize the very varied face of gays in America today. “Guess what, we look just like you, your mother, your brother, or the coworker sitting right next to you.” Around fifty portraits were shot in the two weeks that she had, and were presented in stacks in a gallery in Los Angeles, to be taken away by viewers, for free.
Struck by the powerful impact of the project, even on such a small scale, iO set her sights on taking the project national. Now, her aim is to photograph anyone in the United States that is, or EVER has been, anything other than 100% straight. The ultimate goal is between 5,000 and 10,000 portraits. She has since photographed nearly 2,000 people in 19 cities across the country.
The two minute manifesto video above has had almost 80,000 views, and the project has been featured by the New York Times, The Huffington Post, Elle Magazine, and many more. In May 2012, iO and the Self Evident Team mounted an exhibition of all 1,675 portraits completed at the time at The Hole Gallery, in NYC (for more on the exhibition click here).
Self Evident Truths is considered one of the foremost art based activist projects working toward equal rights in the LGBTQ community today.
THIS IS THE CIVIL RIGHTS FIGHT OF OUR GENERATION,AND TOGETHER WE WILL MAKE OUR PRESENCE KNOWN.
© Copyright, iO Tillett Wright 2012