CS2006 Individual Curation — Homosexuality/Homophobia
Effective use of lighting and space create depth. Our attention is immediately drawn to the men as they are off-center and well lit. We learnt that they are a couple as kissing is a symbolic gesture for love.
Through use of pathos, this image empowers homosexuals which is in line with our group’s objectives. The warmth colors outside versus the darkness inside shows the stark contrast between emotions felt — happiness (after accepting oneself as a homosexual) and sadness (when one has yet to come out of the closet). The size and inter-positioning of couple/grid shows that the audience is indoors, looking out to the couple and picturing them as role models. Due to the cultural background (sexual orientation) of the homosexual audience, they will be able to project themselves in the shoes of the happy couple. We will be using images portraying the perspective of homosexuals to make it compelling and to put others in their shoes.
Overall, adding words, “Come Out” will be powerful in conveying a clearer message for call to action. A stronger sense of aspiration will be fostered. Appeal of pathos will be more effective in persuading homosexuals to come out and be confident about themselves.
This image pictures a family construct foreign to Asians — lesbian couple (infer that they are women as heels are indexical signs) and their daughter. As our project challenges the Asian family stereotypes, replacement of male figure with a female encourages social discussion about homosexual families and love.
Rule of thirds is applied and the child is the focus due to the similarity of the two women. Since the women’ faces are not shown and their toes are pointing towards the child (direction), we pay attention to the child’s expressions and the heels. The eye-line of the child is directed at the viewer, reaching out to the audience seeking empathy. The words, “We all walk in different shoes” (graphic movement) brings to light that despite our ignorance, this unconventional (is it really?) way of living still exists among-st us.
Instead of showing anxiety, it will be better if the child showed happiness (pathos). The mothers could hold their child’s hand (symbolic gesture of love) to clear a common misconception Asian viewers have that a child brought up by same-sex parents will be denied of family love. Portraying such images will create a more accepting Singapore towards the idea of same-sex marriages/families.