Brussels Queer Graphics by Design Museum Brussels
From the 1950s on, LGBTQI+ communities in Brussels have used graphic design and developed a specific language. This visual language signals their presence and their commitment to a set of shared principles, identities and values. Shaped by struggle and celebration, turmoil and compromise, this tool of both resistance and resilience fosters an alternative form of collectiveness. Through the materiality, composition, typography, iteration and language used, graphic designers, both professional and amateur, identify and address their message towards specific audiences. Organized by themes, Brussels Queer Graphics, far from being an exhaustive project, offers an overview of this visual language. This exhibition explores the ways in which the LGBTQI+ communities have expressed themselves and made themselves visible over the last seventy years in Brussels. From 1953 and the birth of the Centre Culturel Belge/Cultureel Centrum België driven by Suzan Daniel to the present day, this exhibition and its accompanying publication invite us to immerse ourselves into a cultural history of the everyday life and the activism of LGBTQI+ individuals, communities, associations and groups. Relying on silence and even the absence of materials, but also on the over-representation of the letter G in the history and the archives, this exhibition reflects an era, a history and many memories.