Doors of Hope: art to make violence against the LGBTIQ+ community visible.

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The LLYC Foundation, together with Casa Frida and the Hilario Galguera Gallery, introduced the ‘Doors of Hope’ initiative, which brings together individuals from the LGBTIQ+ community who were expelled from their homes with national and international artists who have reinterpreted their stories of resilience using doors as canvases—doors that represent those that were closed to them and those that have opened since.

The artworks will be available for sale at the Hilario Galguera Gallery starting November 16, with the aim of raising funds for Casa Frida, an LGBTIQ+ shelter.

In Mexico, over the last 3 years, more than 2,030 cases of discrimination and violence against people from the LGBTIQ+ community have been reported.

Mexico City, November 15, 2023 – In an effort to provide visibility and support for the experiences of LGBTIQ+ individuals, the LLYC Foundation, Casa Frida shelter, and the renowned Hilario Galguera Gallery, presented the ‘Doors of Hope’ project.

More than 2,030 cases of discrimination and violence have been reported against this community in Mexico in the last 3 years. ‘Doors of Hope’ makes visible the resilience, courage, and effort of community members who were forced to leave their homes, offering an artistic reinterpretation of their experiences.

At the heart of the project is a series of works created by seven prominent artists, who have collaborated with members of the LGBTIQ+ community from Casa Frida to reinterpret their resilience stories using doors—symbolizing those that were closed in their homes and those that have opened—as canvases. Casa Frida is a non-profit organization providing protection and comprehensive support to individuals from the community fleeing extreme violence, youths expelled from their homes due to their sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, including people with HIV and other key populations, as well as survivors of efforts to change sexual orientation and gender identity (ECOSIG).

The exhibition, to be held in the Machine Room of the Hilario Galguera Gallery in Mexico City from November 16, 2023, to January 13, 2024, brought together personalities like Denisse Noriega (Mexican painter), Alexis Martínez (Mexican plastic artist), Issa Salliander (Swedish painter), Bárbara Lázara (Mexican experimental artist), Daniel Dugan (American painter), Yupica (Japanese animator), and Israel González (multidisciplinary visual artist).

Each artist contributed their unique perspective and talent to bring to life the stories of Abril, José, Greta, Nikky, Ángel, Diane, and Andrés, where the intervened doors are a representation of those that were closed to them at home, those they left behind, and those that have opened along their path thanks to Casa Frida in their search for authenticity. The art pieces will be available for purchase, and the funds raised will be donated to the LGBTIQ+ shelter Casa Frida to continue creating more safe spaces.

‘Doors of Hope’ is a call to reflection and solidarity with those who have faced challenges on their path to authenticity and acceptance.

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