#AnExhibition! ECHO PARK, the new work of the Berlin artist Florian Hetz was created in the winter of 2018 during an artist residency at the Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles. For three months Hetz portrayed the life and sexuality of gay men in the district Echo Park. Florian Hetz photographed his models in several hours lasting sessions. Hundreds of photographs were taken during those meetings, and the extract of those are now on view in Germany for the first time at Frappant Galerie Hamburg.
I wanted to see how much of his utopia has come to life in Echo Park, the part of LA where Tom spent the last 10 years of his life. And i tried to create an intimate portrait of a community in Trump times, where the rate of hate crimes against the queer community is globally increasing and according to a recent study the majority of Americans feel uncomfortable with LGBTQ people.
*Florian Hetz 2018
Hetz deconstructs, dissects and sexualises the bodies of his models. He mainly shows body fragments and details: trained physique, muscles, hair, faces and genitals fill the photos. Close ups of objects and plants complete the picture of a fragmented community, a community that has been repeatedly broken up by discrimination, violence and HIV. This community of gay men does not let anyone take away their yearning for beauty, closeness, fun and fusion, but fights for the right for a self-determined and joyful life.
Frappant Galerie Zeiseweg 9 /
22765 Hamburg Altona
Friday May 18th 7pm
Artist Talk Sunday June 10th 4pm
Opening hours May 19th – June 10th 2018 Friday – Sunday 2pm-6pm