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I Believe I am Gay

by Redaktie in Theatre, Art & Expo , 12 April 2015

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The Biblical Museum (Bijbels Museum) hosts the special photo exhibition 'I BELIEVE I AM GAY’ about religion and homosexuality as of Friday, March 13. In this exhibition, photographers Hadas Itzkovitch and Anya Lit show 37 photographic portraits of homosexual and lesbian Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists.

With the exhibition, a photo book with the same name is published with articles about the theme religion and homosexuality, and during the exhibition numerous activities will be organised all of the country around this theme.

Itzkovitch and Van Lit started this project in 2013 with one single question: Is it hard to be religious and homosexual in The Netherlands? A search throughout The Netherlands was the result. During the lengthy process of research and photographing, it turned out that many homosexuals, despite of their sometimes difficult position, still get inspiration and strength from their faith and continue to adhere to it.

The photographers chose staged images in a classical style. Attributes and attitudes refer to their specific faith in a subtle way. The people portrayed are liberal to orthodox, from young to old and living in The Netherlands. Some of the people portrayed are ministers, for example a rabbi and a vicar.


During the exhibition period, various activities on the theme of religion and homosexuality will be organised throughout The Netherlands. An inter-religious service will be held at museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder (Oudezijds Voorburgwal 40 in Amsterdam), there are lectures and panel discussions at different locations around the country, and special tours of the Biblical Museum will be organised. Regularly check the website for more information.


With the exhibition, a photo book with the same name is published. Besides the portraits, it contains an essay by Dr. David Bos, sociologist and religious historian (University of Amsterdam/Vrije Universiteit). Short monologues are also included, written down by journalist Iris Ludeker. In these monologues, five portrayed people tell about where they feel at home in their religion, and where not.


Hadas Itzkovitch (1977) was born in Israel and has been working and living in Amsterdam since 1997. She studied photography at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. Anya van Lit (1968) studied photography at the St. Joost Art Academy in Breda. Itzkovitch and Van Lit often deal with social subjects in their work, with an emphasis on the relationship between society and the individual. I BELIEVE I AM GAY is their first joint project.

The exhibition runs to June 14, 2015
Location: Bijbels Museum, Herengracht 366-368 Amsterdam



In our youngest issue, Gay News 344, April/ May/ June 2020


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