Balimbing – Filipino Queerness is a photographic art exhibition portraying the unique queer and multicultural LGBTQI community of Tacloban City in the Philippines.
Gregory Lorenzutti brings to Australia a collection of photographs in daring multi-colour that captures the intimate lives of queer Filipinos steeped in faith, resilience, survival, family and spectacle queerness.
Photographed during the Santo Niño fiesta in Tacloban over three years, ‘Balimbing’ (“star-fruit” in Waray dialect) is the culmination of long conversations and personal stories shared during the preparations for a momentous Filipino celebration, which prompted deep recollections of the photographer’s own upbringing in Latin America.
This exhibition unfolds the complex social relations in a place where faith, popular traditions, colonialism, gender fluidity and love can co-exist.
The special launch event will feature an incredible performance by Bhenji Ra, Justin Shoulder and Caroline Garcia. The pre-launch artist talk will be hosted by Nathan Scolaro, Editor of Dumbo Feather and supported by Midsumma Festival.
MEET THE ARTISTS: TUESDAY 12 DECEMBER 5PM – 5.30PM
LAUNCH: TUESDAY 12 DECEMBER 6PM – 8PM
@ TEMPERANCE HALL, 199 NAPIER ST, SOUTH MELBOURNE
Registrations, Artist Talk & Launch: eventbrite.com
Exhibition Dates: 13-17 December
Gallery hours: 12pm-5pm Wednesday-Sunday