|Photography Exhibition ‘Gay in Uganda’ in Restaurant Getto|
by Redaktie in Theatre, Art & Expo , 06 October 2017
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From September 19, Getto Food and Drinks in Amsterdam will be showing the photo series “Gay in Uganda” by Swiss-Dutch photographer Patrick Rohr. The exhibit can be visited till October 23.
As in many African counties, homosexuality is illegal in Uganda. In Uganda, however, legislation is very harsh: men and women caught in a “homosexual act” are sent to prison for a period of twenty years. Relatives and landlords who do not report to the government that they know of someone being homosexual, are sent to prison for a period of seven years.
Some years ago, politicians even wanted to introduce the death penalty for homosexuality, following radical Christian Americans. International pressure prevented this from happening.
At the request of the Rainbow Support Network, Patrick Rohr travelled to Uganda and, at times under difficult circumstances, photographed GLBTs. At Getto, he shows the portraits he made and tells the story of these people. The sale of the photographs supports the Rainbow Support Network foundation.
Patrick Rohr (born 1968 in Switzerland) lives and works in Amsterdam and Zurich. He mostly works as a photographer for aid organizations. In recent years, he visited projects in Zimbabwe, Laos, Nepal, Serbia, Bosnia and the Ukraine. See also www.patrickrohr.com. More on the Rainbow Support Network can be found on www.rainbowsupportnetwork.org.
The exhibition “Gay in Uganda” in Restaurant Getto, Warmoesstraat 51, Amsterdam is open to the public up to October 23, 2017.
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