null and void / Realities of queer identities in Uganda
On August 21st, 2014, Uganda’s constitutional court overturned the Anti-Homosexuality Act, which was signed the same year, on February 24th, on a technicality. It criminalized consensualand repeated samesex relations, punishable by life in prison. African political and religious leaders erect the widespread belief that homosexuality is un-African and against the order of nature. The impact was wide-reaching and the ensuing fear pervasive. Even though Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act was scrapped in August 2014, the homophobic ideology of the society, politicians and religious leaders remains. Uganda plans to introduce a new Anti-gay law that will withstand any legal challenge.
The photographic work ,“null and void” is an ongoing project. It follows up the Ugandan LGBTI community, to show their personal struggle, the impact and aftermath of the anti-gay law on every aspect of their life. In particular, I’m focusing on their emotional experience of the situation, the sense of isolation, which is more profound than simply social and physical: it is also emotional and cognitive.