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Home: Where Do We Go From Here?

Tate Britain will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuals next year. In the wake of the Orlando massacre, with the vitriol of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, and in a world where more than seventy-five countries still criminalise being gay, LGBTQ rights are still in a precarious position, despite advances made recently in understanding, compassion and acceptance. HOME is a book commissioned by Grindr to explore the role of “safe spaces” – both physical and virtual – in the development of LGBTQ+ identities: the perfect companion to the Tate Britain exhibition.

Matt Lambert, a filmmaker and photographer, never stops: over the course of six months, his travels took him to Toronto, Paris, London, Prague, New York, Los Angeles and Berlin. In each place, he used digital platforms and social media channels to cast for the “Home” project. Interestingly, many of his subjects came from small towns; their stories, in particular, touch upon the importance of digital culture in building a gay community, when there was no one else “like them” around.

Matt Lambert for Grindr: Home
Matt Lambert for Grindr: Home
Matt Lambert for Grindr: Home
Matt Lambert for Grindr: Home
Matt Lambert for Grindr: Home
Matt Lambert for Grindr: Home
Matt Lambert for Grindr: Home
Matt Lambert for Grindr: Home

Lambert’s portraits of, and conversations with, of young gay men – captured during moments of uninhibited expression and casual intimacy – is a testament to what “safe spaces” mean to our youth: the freedom to define – and refine – their identities and sexual desires.

Matt Lambert for Grindr: Home
Matt Lambert for Grindr: Home
Matt Lambert for Grindr: Home
Matt Lambert for Grindr: Home
Matt Lambert for Grindr: Home
Matt Lambert for Grindr: Home
Matt Lambert for Grindr: Home
Matt Lambert for Grindr: Home
Matt Lambert for Grindr: Home
Matt Lambert for Grindr: Home
Matt Lambert for Grindr: Home
Matt Lambert for Grindr: Home
Matt Lambert for Grindr: Home
Matt Lambert for Grindr: Home
Matt Lambert for Grindr: Home
Matt Lambert for Grindr: Home
Matt Lambert for Grindr: Home
Matt Lambert for Grindr: Home

Buy the book here.

Published by Grindr Imprints, Los Angeles
Foreword by Bruce LaBruce
Ships January 3rd

102 pages, 48 images
Hardback
177.5 x 250 x 13 mm
English
ISBN 978-0-692-80864-1
Edition 500 / 2016