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Kahlila Kramer and Mollee Lusson Klein
 
t w o   g i r l s   c o n t e m p l a t e   a r t ,   s e x ,   a n d   l i v i n g
c u r a t o r s :    k a h l i l a   k r a m e r   a n d   m o l l e e   l u s s o n   k l e i n

We chose these images because each represents a component of our sexuality. Every person has a complex history that affects who they are as sexual beings. We embrace the aspects of ourselves that have been abused, that have had unprotected sex, that have had tenderness, that have thrown caution to the wind, that love the curve of a girl's hip, that have survived pain. We offer gratitude to all the artists and activists who have fought in the struggle for freedom, health, sex and joy. It is the combination of these images that make up who we are as women.

Our thoughts on the artwork of Becky Trotter: This image brought up feelings in us of striving, longing, and isolation.

Our thoughts on the artwork of Joe DeHoyos: Shared girlhood memories. Keeping secrets. Shame.

Our thoughts on the artwork of Jorge Veras: Luckily, this is another aspect of sexuality ... sometimes it is just fun.

Our thoughts on the artwork of John Lesnick: We thought it was important that in this self-portrait, his body is open but his face is turned away.

Our thoughts on the artwork of Bob Corti: Clarity-Assumptions-Courage-Survivor.

Our thoughts on the artwork of Tara Popick: As we sat looking through hundreds of images, we were both struck at the same moment by the depth in his eyes and his beauty.

Our thoughts on the artwork of W. Benjamin Incerti: There is a sweetness intertwining: Love, Pride, Queer. What Gay Pride means to us.

Our thoughts on the artwork of Stephen Andrews: The anesthetizing of even a kiss.

Our thoughts on the artwork of Edward Lightner: This image is a reference point to the multiple layers that make up sexuality and history.

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Kahlila Kramer began her journey as an activist in health care at age 19 working as a Community Health Care Worker at the Berkeley Free Clinic and started a Queer Youth outreach/prevention team. For the past two years she has been working at the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center (New York's only LGBT health center -- www.Callen-Lorde.org) as an HIV Counselor and support group facilitator. She is working toward a degree in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She dances to stay present and tries to live in the moment. At age 13 she asked Mollee, "Do you think it will be ok if I end up liking girls only?"

Mollee Lusson Klein has used her art as a means to create social change on a multitude of levels throughout her life. She was a youth educator focusing primarily on the arts in war-torn Northern Israel. She recently had a sculpture in the group exhibition entitled: "Bay Area Artists Respond to 9/11" and she was involved in alternative political street performances for many years. She is currently attending a graduate program for Sculpture at Hunter College in New York City. As a 29-year-old woman, AIDS has touched her life on every level. While growing up in the Queer community, she was given the enormous gift of a voice that never grows hoarse while screaming for justice.

Mollee and Kahlila dedicate this show to Andrew.

 

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