Boys don’t cry is a portrait of a 12 year old boy, my son. He recently came ‘out’ as gay just after he turned 12, a year after recovering from a mental health disorder that nearly claimed his life.
Boy’s Don’t Cry speaks of strength and of identity. I felt compelled to capture everything about my sons experience within a single image. This portrait is visibility, it is pain, it is beauty, it is pain, it is reflection and it is strength.
I wanted the work to feel empowered, as if just catching a breath to reset. This is how we speak. This is where art can be a platform for awareness, for understanding for acceptance
It has been a week since a 14 year old boy at my sons school jumped from a building. He died. It has been around the same time since a 13 year old boy from QLD, who identified as gay also took his own life.
Image: Candy Goldsmith, Boys Don’t Cry 2016. Photograph on aluminium (101 x 76cm)
The winner of the inaugural Queer Art Prize Australia was announced on Friday 13 January 2017. An exhibition of finalists is currently on show at Chapel Off Chapel until Sunday 5 February 2017. For more information, visit: www.queerartprize.com.au for details.
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