In the past 50 years, photographers have documented the experiences of the queer community. They have also examined how gender identity and sexual orientation were viewed historically and how they are constructed today. For many of the artists in Be Seen, gender is not simply something we are, but something we perform. Just as the subjects of these photographs “pose” for the camera, so too do we perform our gender through the clothes we wear and how we interact with others.
Be Seen features twenty-four artists including Nan Goldin, Peter Hujar, Robert Mapplethorpe, Zanele Muholi, Catherine Opie, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, and Mickalene Thomas.