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Dorota Holubová /SK/ – Disclosed Love

10.12.2020 – 31.01.2021

Disclosed Love presents a collection of intimate portraits and diverse, exceptional stories of LGBTI couples and families living in Slovakia. According to the author of the project, Dorota Holubová, the main focus of the series of photographs is to raise the recognition of social awareness, to draw attention to human rights violations and to increase the tolerance of the general public towards the LGBTI community. Through 27 portraits of lesbians, gays, bisexual people and transsexual people living together in happy relationships and with their families, people can learn to be more tolerant and empathetic. Thanks to this, the LGBTI community can be more accepted in our society. „Homosexuality has always been here and will always be. The only solution that exists to solve the problem with the LGBTI community is that the whole population will accept it. The LGBTI community does not need to lose hope, because it is not about it, but about how others want to accept it.” says Lukáš from the LGBTI community, whose portrait is in the series Disclosed Love. „Probably the most difficult is the constant threat of rejection from other people, fear of physical harm or legal or social injustice,” said Ema, who joined the project with her girlfriend. The portraits also include quotes from project participants, which are associated with the photographs. Together, the photos and quotes form an authentic picture which reflects the stories and opinions of people from the LGBTI community. Michal Dudoň collaborated on the creation of these interviews.

Dominika was also in the series Disclosed Love. In reactions to her orientation, she came across the statement that it was only a phase. „I felt as what I was saying and what I was feeling was not right at all. I also experienced the reaction that I decided to do so myself. That was something that made me very angry,” says Dominika. „I am also angry and sorry for the situation in our country. It’s a painful topic. I feel that people in the LGBTI community are still afraid to be in public together and I‘m not surprised. It’s really sad. But I didn’t give up on love myself, I even plan to get married. I believe that this dream will come true for me one day.”

Unfortunately, people from the LGBTI community also face bullying, misunderstanding and attacks on themselves. However, this is not on a daily basis. Photos offer insight into diverse lives. “Change is necessary, the voice of the LGBTI community must be better understood, as they live completely ordinary lives than anyone else,” continues Dorota Holubová. According to her, people often fear the unknown. Fear is one of the aspects that causes negative views on minorities. The photo project “Disclosed Love” reveals the true love of the LGBTI community, their interpersonal relationships which brings insight into the lives of LGBTI families. “I don‘t think that raising children in our family is different from any other family. Critics who argue that children cannot be so happy should wonder if that dissatisfaction is not due to their approach. Young LGBTI people should learn from the mistakes made generations before them and fight for what they believe.” adds Ľubomír. He appears in the project with his partner and their two children, who are raising them together.

Dorota Holubová is a portrait and documentary photographer from Bratislava. She completed her master’s degree in 2012 at the Faculty of Arts of Comenius University in Bratislava and is currently completing her studies in creative photography at the Institute of Creative Photography of the University of Silesia in Opava in the Czech Republic. She completed a photography internship in Seoul, South Korea and an art residency at the Cité des arts in Paris. She has been awarded several times at Slovak Press Photo in the category of portrait, everyday life and the world of art. She was nominated for a Journalist Award in the category of the best photo with the Balifornia series. In her freelance work, she focuses on women, the LGBT community, and behind the scenes of the art world. She works and creates at her studio called Holubník.

Michal Dudoň is a student of journalism at the Faculty of Arts of Comenius University in Bratislava. As part of his studies, he participated in the project Young people in the world of alternative media and fake news, in which the University of Maryland in the USA participated as well. The project was connected with research in the editorial offices of American newspapers such as The New York Times or Baltimore Sun.