The casting was a real labour of love, as we set out to find these 72 individuals. After 2 months of research in the end, we managed 64 of these 72 countries – and we are so grateful for those who took part and took a risk to help us with this project.
house of parliament
We created an event at the Houses of Parliament to exhibit photographs for Kiss With Pride.
The launch event on the 27 July at the House of Commons, hosted by Absolut, Gay Times and LGBTQ rights campaign organisation Stonewall, also featured speeches by the Lord Speaker, a long-time advocate of LGBTQ rights, and Niranjan Kamatkar, artistic director of the LGBT Arts Festival.
We held an special private view for the exhibition, at Protein Studios in Shoreditch on the 3rd August.
The private view was a huge success, with over 370 people attending, and an Absolut-themed bar. There was also a live DJ set by Jonjo Jury, who played lively music which added to the feeling of exhilaration and fun that filled the event.
The images on the central structure of this exhibition showed the climaxes of the photographic series, the poignant moment between two strangers who have come together in intimate displays of support. On the walls of the space, we showed a selection of moments we captured surrounding the kiss – a glimpse of an awkward smile, a tense exchange, a nervous nose-bump.
The exhibition was also on show over the weekend between 4th and 6th August.