CALLING ALL ARTISTS! “UNHINGED” NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY CELEBRATION NEEDS YOU!
The closet door: Whether we slowly inched it open little by little or smashed through it with a battering ram it is a barrier almost all queer people have had to face. Many of us have had to open more than one in our lives; gender identity, sexuality, kink, HIV status, immigration status, relationship status and so many more. The closet door remains our common link, our shared heritage. Yet, like the infinite ways we live our queer lives, we paint our individual doors with our own unique experiences. Built for us before birth, these doors forever influence our lives — for better or worse — and it by coming out of them, we forever change the world.
In observance of National Coming Out Day, QueerBomb Dallas calls on local artists to share their closet doors with the public. Literally.
“UNHINGED” is a unique telling of individual coming out stories, experiences, joys, fears, triumphs and losses on actual closet doors. Each door will be designed by its artist to reflect their individual queer story. Each will be different. Each will be beautiful.
The event will consist of a community walk to view the art created for the event and a Coming Out celebration with speakers, poetry, spoken word, song and performance. Our goal is to articulate the importance of openly being our full and compete selves, the life saving and world changing effects of doing so and our vision of a brighter future for queer people everywhere!
It is easy to participate!
STEP 1: Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject titled “UNHINGED”. Include your name, contact information and some information about yourself! We will be in contact shortly!
STEP 2: Find a door! You don’t have to buy something expensive and new, sometimes the best materials for these projects are simply found on the side of the road. You can also try the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, construction or demolition sites, junk yards and any number of places o find a cheap or even free door!
STEP 3: Tell your story on that door! You can paint, mosaic, write, plaster… send it through a wood chipper… Think about things you have had to “come out of the closet” about. What was that closet like for you? What did it feel like to come out? What would that door say if it could speak for you?
STEP 4: Submit that door on October 5th (we’ll tell you where). Include a typed and printed “Artist Story” to be displayed with the door. We will take it from there!
STEP 5: ATTEND! “UNHINGED” will be a highly visible, public event and we would love to have our artists there to greet the thousands of people who will see their work! The event will run from 6:30pm to 9pm on October 11th with the doors displayed in triads at various locations along Cedar Springs Road between Oaklawn and Knight St.
We hope that you will consider being a part of “UNHINGED” and sharing your one of a kind story with the entire world.