On this point, Nitchun collaborator – TRNK co-founder Tariq Dixon – strongly agrees. “As cheesy as it sounds, love is a universal language,” he says. “It’s the one emotion we all feel and seek and aspire to, and I think it has been reminded of us over the past year in many ways. The idea of the chosen family comes from the fact that love and connection cannot always be assumed in our biological families, and I think it is important to remember that we are all similar and share this desire to be. loved, to be held, to experience intimacy. It is something universal, something that you understand viscerally.
As one of the first projects undertaken by Nitchun since his arrival at Leslie-Lohman, the exhibit “CHOSEN” speaks about his vision for the future of the museum. (In addition to the physical exhibition, which will see a rotating lineup of four pairs of artists presented in dialogue over eight weeks, there will also be an online art exhibition for those who cannot attend the exhibition. in person.) A longtime friend of Dixon’s, Nitchun was particularly inspired by “MINE,” an exhibit Dixon created on the TRNK platform during Pride last year, when it came to planning Pride Month 2021. “MINE” featured photographs of queer artists of color available at affordable prices, with all proceeds going to the Ali Forney Center to fight LGBTQ + homelessness in New York City.