On the 16th of June, The Steps community space welcomed many guests who came to see the opening of the long-awaited solo exhibition "Open Closeness - Life of the LGBTQ+ Community in Ukraine (2017-)" by Ukrainian photographer Lana Yanovska.
The exhibition is organized by the Single Step Foundation, in partnership with Forbidden Colours (Belgium) and the GLAS Foundation. "With this project I want to show LGBTQ+ Ukrainians as ordinary people who live their lives and are proud of what they do and who they are," says Lana. The curator is Peter Valchev, Bulgarian director, producer and photographer.
Speakers at the event included Petar Valchev, curator of the exhibition, Ivan Dimov, founder of the Single Step Foundation and The Steps space, Remi Bonny, director of the Forbidden Colours Foundation (Belgium) and a representative of the Belgian Embassy in Sofia. Lana Yanovska herself talked about her inspiration and the characters of the exhibition, as well as the process of creating the photographs. The host of the event was Kosta Karakashian.
The exhibition is part of the three-year project "Empowering young LGBTI people through access to services, motivation and focused policy change", which is implemented with financial support from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway under the EEA Financial Mechanism. The main objective of the project is to support and empower young LGBTI people and professionals working with them.
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