KKWEER Arts exhibition, curated by Gemma Rolls-Bentley and Ell Pennick, to feature some of the biggest names in LGBTQ+ art

Graham Robson April 17, 2024

Lead Pic: Samantha Pepys and the Biological Lie by Lulu Bennett

KKWEER Arts is to present Ultraviolet, a powerful and thought-provoking group exhibition which delves into the intricate world of coded language, symbols, and gestures nestled within queer communities.

The exhibition features some of the biggest names in queer art, including new work by the iconic Maggi Hambling and a selection of new and existing works by Ajamu X, Lulu Bennett, Kudzanai-Violet Hwami, Olivia Sterling, Shadi Al-Atallah, Elsa Rouy, Zach Toppin, Sadie Lee, Dale Lewis, Ebun Sodipo, Sola Olulode, Sarah Jane Moon, Eva Dixon, Whiskey Chow, Sarah-Joy Ford, SHARP and Kevin Kane. More to be announced.

Curators of this show, Gemma Rolls-Bentley and Ell Pennick, bring together this strong group of queer artists whose work comes together to weave a vibrant tapestry of identity, inviting exploration into the depths of queer visual coding. The exhibition shines a light on the clandestine languages that have empowered individuals and fostered community bonds as tactics of survival.

Through a range of mediums, the featured work explores a rich history of coded expressions serving as potent tools of resistance, connection, and self-affirmation. From the subtle subversions of everyday objects to the bold defiance of societal norms, the evolving language of queer coding continues to play an important role. This exhibition invites you to unravel its mysteries and celebrate the diverse expressions of queerness that occur in plain sight and enrich our world.

Kevin Kane, Founder of KKWEER Arts, said ‚ÄúWe are thrilled to highlight the exceptional talents of these artists, furthering our dedication to uplifting and celebrating LGBTQ+ creators. In a world increasingly divided, it’s imperative that we not only advocate for queer visibility but also emphasise the importance of queer joy. Our exhibition serves as a beacon of hope, offering a space where diverse voices can unite, fostering understanding and acceptance.”

Narcissus ©Kevin Kane

‚ÄúWe are excited to bring our curatorial voices together to further KKWEER Arts mission to support LGBTQ+ artists. By exploring the intricate nuances of queer visual coding, Ultraviolet not only pays homage to the past but also ignites vital conversations about the present and future of LGBTQ+ expression. Our exhibition stands as a testament to the enduring power of creativity, community, and resilience in the face of adversity‚ÄĚ added curators Gemma Rolls-Bentley and Ell Pennick.

The exhibition is from 4-14 July at 15 Bateman Street, London, W1D 3AQ.