Stage / SeatsGaywise FESTival 2014 organisers have revealed their visual arts programme and film programme for this year’s GFEST.

For the first time, GFEST visual art exhibition includes newly commissioned art works. The exhibition will be open from Monday the 10th to Saturday the 22nd November at Menier Gallery on Southwark Street. The works explore this year’s festival theme ‘Myths & Mythology’ include thought provoking paintings, video installation and photographic image works.

“GFEST 2014 programme spells out an ongoing challenge to attain social equality in the realms of the art world for LGBTQI artists. Working with the commissioned artists to showcase their work at this year’s GFEST, has been truly inspirational. Artists have interpreted the theme of myths not only in classical and contemporary context, but also, I hope, the artworks pose as mythical creations for the future generations.” – Artistic director Niranjan Kamatkar

Headliners for the 2014 event include artists Sadie Lee and Matthew Stradling, Joao Trindade’s will present promising new digital images. Enzo Marra will show his Francis Bacon series along with art works of Berlin and London based artist Mathias Vef. The exhibition will also include ‘mythical’ interpretations from younger artists like Gökhan Tanriöver and Jenny Welton.

A panel discussion is planned on Friday the 21st November to discuss LGBT ‘Myths and Mythology’ looking at some past, present and future practices and involves GFEST 2014 artists, art critic and writer Anna McNay and renowned academic Prof Johnny Golding.

The film programme is billed as ‘Modern Myths’ with screenings taking place from 15th to 18th November 2014 and include thought provoking as well as entertaining movies. The critically acclaimed ‘STAND’ – a Russian feature film directed by Jonathan Taieb will open the screenings. British filmmakers Jake Graf and Richard Mansfield will present ‘Brace’ a short film, and the feature ‘The Secret Path’ respectively.

Brazilian director Daniel Ribeiro’s gay teen drama ‘The Way He Looks’ along with Erin Davies’ ‘Fagbug Nation’, a popular follow up to the original ‘Fagbug‘, are to be screened. Filmmakers Casper Andreas and David Färdmar, whose films have been a part of previous GFESTs screenings, will together premiere a short film ‘A Last Farewell’.

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