Art Gallery Opening: Kelvin Burzon

    Location: Fine Arts Center: 00 Eric Dean Gallery
    Date: 02/06/20
    Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM


    Noli Me Tangere: Lamentations
    This exhibition will be showing Thursday February 6 - Friday April 10
    Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 9-5


    This exhibition contains mature content.

    Parent/adult discretion is advised.



    Noli Me Tangere, “touch me not” or “don’t thread on me,” (Latin) is a series of photographs that examines the intersection of homosexuality and religion. Named after a seminal novel by Philippine hero and martyr: Jose Rizal, the photographs extend a conversation concerning repressions brought by religion, culture, and politics. Rooted in the artist’s Filipino Roman Catholic upbringing, the genesis of the series can be charged to the signing of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 2015. This political juncture underlines the interchange between church, state, and marginalized groups they oppress. The often chaotic and conflicting intersections between these entities manifests itself in variations within the artist and members of the LGBTQ+ community. A veneration of sorts, the series borrows the visual language of religious art made new with accents of queer visual vocabulary. The work recontextualizes Catholic narratives and imagery by the insertion of queer community members and allies. It aims to carve a space for an alternative narrative and representation, and aims to interrupt our intrinsic communal understanding of the religious canon.

    About the Artist
    Kelvin Burzon is a Filipino-American artist and educator whose work explores intersections of sexuality, race, gender and religion. He graduated from Wabash College and received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University’s School of Art + Design. His work has been exhibited abroad and all over the country and is a part of several permanent collections including The Kinsey Institute and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. He’s presented his work at several conventions including the Society of Photographic Educations regional and national conferences and The Filipinx-American Library retreat in San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum.

    Guidance Suggested: Involves material parents might not approve for children.

    Ticket Information: free and open to the public

    For more information please contact:
    Julia Phipps
    Event ID:45053

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