“Double lives, inhabited spaces, uninhabitable bodies, inhibitions run riot. Sidelined and sensational, sticky, awkward, intimate, recorded and taped. A queer expression: Double Sided Sticky Tape.”
Local photographer Bobb ‘Bobbles’ Attard is set to exhibit some of his most recent works in one of the UK’s biggest art galleries in the run up to Margate Pride this August.
The Turner Contemporary is one of the biggest art galleries in the UK outside of London
Getting a showcase in their walls is a huge feat for anyone, so the fact that one of our own have managed it has got us very excited. So, we spoke to Bobb to find out exactly how this all came around.
It turns out, the curator of the exhibition had stumbled across his Instagram page.
“I received a DM from Alex Noble – the curator, also an amazing artist – a few months ago about wanting to use some of my work for a queer exhibition,” Rob told us. “I’m always been interested in showing my work, especially in queer spaces, so I obviously accepted.”
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#proud to announce @bobbattard #photographer as an #artist in the #dsst1 (a queer expression) #exhibition that launches @margatepride #artweek come to the opening on Monday 5th August 5-8 at turner contemporary #happypridemonth #queerart #visibility #subversion #beauty #gender #lgbtq? #surrealism #portraitphotography
“Having my work being part of an exhibition at the Turner Contemporary, and alongside so many other talented queer artists is itself incredibly exciting.”
Bobb isn’t one for thinking too far ahead, but he is very much looking forward to meeting the other artists involved at the private viewing before the exhibit opens. For those of us who won’t be able to check out the artwork while it’s up, Rob has offered up a few sneak peaks over in his Instagram page for us.
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He may also fish out some old archived and unpublished works for the exhibit, but we’ll have to wait and see what’s in store when the showcase opens on August 5th.
Bobb is currently in Zagreb, Croatia, where he plans to remain until early next year.
He is currently focusing on his next project, a photo-documentary of Croatian pensioners which he describes as “something completely different to anything I’ve done before.” He’s also planning on collaborating with Chaosquiyr – a London-based art collective that he worked with on his collection in the first image used above.
Back in 2013/14, he also launched a daily self-portrait project which he says may see a comeback in some shape or form…
The Double Sided Sticky Tape exhibition invites artist who present, document, inspire and transcend perceptions of what it is to be LGBTQI today and how they respond as artists to a lived experience and the informing of identity. Expanding audience impressions and understanding of what it is to be gay, transgender, queer, fluid, non binary and the multitude of identities that transcend labels.