Leslie Lohman Museum

Gonzalo Orquin: Si, quiero
On view in the Window Gallery at 26 Wooster Street from April 30 to June 24, 2014
Opening Reception: May 6, 6-8 pm

Originally scheduled to show in Rome in 2013, Si, quiero was prevented from being displayed when the Vatican threatened legal action. The Installation in the Window Gallery at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art recreates Orquin’s photographs featuring same-sex couples kissing in Italian churches and is on view from the Museum’s street level Window Gallery 24 hours-a-day.

“I am Catholic. I believe in God deeply. I think if you look closely at my pictures no one can find blasphemy or sacrilege. A kiss is a gesture of love, of tenderness between human beings. I wanted to show that if God is love (and this I have learned in church), no one can tell us what kind of love is best. I don’t think my love is different than others’ love.” – Gonzalo Orquin

Born in Seville (Spain) in 1982, Orquin studied at Fine Arts University of Seville (2000-2004) and Fine Arts Academy Pietro Vanucci at the University of Perugia, Italy (2005). Since 2004 he lives and works in Italy. As a painter, his works have been described as pronouncedly domestic, intimate, post-coital, and romantic. Set in common place interiors of muted tones, his subjects which include cats, dogs, solitary men and women, as well as gay and straight couples, display a contemplative depth of emotion.

Leslie-Lohman Museum Director Hunter O’Hanian says, “This was a very simple decision for us. We heard that the work, these lovely images of people kissing in beautiful settings, was being denied access and we wanted to do something about it. In part, it is why this Museum exists. We offer opportunities to show work that others won’t, particularly work that speaks to the gay and lesbian community. These photographs present same-sex couples displaying the same rights that should be fundamental and basic to all.”

All Images credit: Gonzalo Orquin, "Sí, quiero", Digital C-print, 36 X 74 in. Courtesy Galleria L'Opera, Rome.


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