Throughout history, queer people have transcended biological and social norms to redefine family. Too often discarded by our own kinfolk, or in search of deep bonds elsewhere, we seek refuge in the comfort of our peers. These chosen families reinvent roles of support, teaching, and kinship—reshaping legal definitions of parenting and marriage, and transforming established notions of sex, romance, partnership, care-giving, and all relationships for queer and non-queer people alike.
The eight artists participating in CHOSEN depict moments of everyday love and intimacy shared within chosen families. Amid the social and systemic barriers and constrictions of cis-heteronormativity, these images remind us that our beauty, strength, and trust is a force for remaking the world.
Limited-edition prints, starting at $150, are available for purchase. Proceeds from the exhibition will be shared between the participating artists and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art - the only dedicated LGBTQ+ art museum in the world with a mission to exhibit and preserve LGBTQ+ art and foster the artists who create it.