On this, Nitchun’s collaborator—the cofounder of Trnk, Tariq Dixon—firmly agrees. “As corny as this may seem, love is a common language,” he claims. “That’s the 1 emotion that we all encounter and pursue and yearn for, and I feel we have been reminded of that around the earlier calendar year in so quite a few strategies. The notion of picked out loved ones comes about mainly because really like and connection just cannot often be assumed in our biological family members, and I feel it is critical to remind each individual other that we’re all related and have that shared yearning to be loved, to be held, to experience intimacy. It’s a little something common, anything that you just viscerally comprehend.”
As one particular of the first initiatives that Nitchun has undertaken given that arriving at the Leslie-Lohman, the “Chosen” exhibition speaks to her vision for the long run of the museum. (Together with the bodily exhibition, which will see a rotating lineup of four pairs of artists introduced in dialogue across eight months, there will also be an on line display of the artwork for these unable to make the demonstrate in individual.) A longtime good friend of Dixon’s, Nitchun was significantly inspired by “Mien,” an exhibition that Dixon premiered on the Trnk platform in the course of Delight past yr, when it came to planning for Delight thirty day period 2021. “Mien” showcased images by queer artists of colour accessible at obtainable rate factors, and all proceeds were donated to the Ali Forney Heart to fight LGBTQ+ homelessness in New York Town.