The Beyond the Binary exhibition brings together the diverse perspectives of LGBTQ+ researchers, artists and community activists to create space for self-representation in the museum.
Rebecca Colmer (Beyond the Binary community curator) explores how pop culture figures are being claimed as queer icons.
Reclaiming representation: Queer fan art
Various laws regarding the ‘promotion’ of homosexuality have historically made it difficult for LGTBQ+ individuals to be easily depicted in the media. In 1999, the popular US tv series Buffy The Vampire Slayer used the practising of witchcraft as a metaphor for same sex love and since then, many other characters affiliated with magic have been adopted as LGTBQ+ icons. Gradually, the loosening of restrictions has resulted in an increase of LGTBQ+ characters in the media but the fight for representation (particularly of disabled characters and characters of Colour) is on-going. Fans continue to remedy this by creating content of their own.
Here are some examples to look at, if you follow the links:
@misstikaart-blog reimagines Zelda and Miranda from The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina in a passionate embrace.
Image by @witchxboyx using the pentagram symbol often associated with pagan witchcraft and the text ‘Trans Witch’.
@Annie May reimagines Hecate Hardbroom and Pippa Pentangle from The Worst Witch, stylishly dressed and sharing an intimate kiss.
Rebecca Colmer (Beyond the Binary community curator)
Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for their generous support