The Robert Giard Grant for Emerging LGBTQ+ Photographers supports the creation of work by emerging LGBTQ+ photographers whose projects address issues of sexuality, gender, or LGBTQ+ identity.
“Photography is par excellence a medium expressive of our mortality, holding up, as it does, one time for the contemplation of another time. This motif infuses all portrait photography with a special poignancy. It is my wish that tomorrow, when a viewer looks into the eyes of the subjects of these pictures, he or she will say in a spirit of wonder, ‘These people were here; like me, they lived and breathed.’ So too will the portraits respond, ‘We were here; we existed. This is how we were.’”
— Robert Giard
Queer|Art is pleased to announce a new partnership with The Robert Giard Foundation to provide Queer|Art’s first international grant of $10,000 to support the creation of work by emerging LGBTQ+ photographers. The newly established Robert Giard Grant for Emerging LGBTQ+ Photographers is made possible entirely through support provided by The Robert Giard Foundation. Applications are open September 30 - November 24, and the grant will be awarded in March 2020.
Previously known as The Robert Giard Fellowship (2008-2018), the newly relaunched grant is named in honor of photographer Robert Giard (1939-2002), a portrait, landscape, and figure photographer whose work focused on LGBTQ+ lives and issues. In partnership with Queer|Art, the grant focuses on supporting emerging LGBTQ+ photographers whose projects address issues of sexuality, gender, or LGBTQ+ identity. The award has also increased from $7,500 to $10,000.
Funds can be requested to support new or ongoing work at any stage of development.
APPLICATIONS OPEN - SEPTEMBER 30, 2019
COMPLETE APPLICATION - NOVEMBER 24, 2019
What information does the application require?
Contact info, narrative bio, and headshot
Synopsis of project and strategy for development
Work samples (15-18 images)
2 professional references
What is required in the synopsis and budget?
1. Description of the project and the process by which it will be made. (Up to 400 words) *Required
2. What is your timeline for completing the work and strategy for its development? (Up to 150 words) * Required
3. Are there any additional aspects of this work you would like the judging panel to know? (Up to 150 words) *Not required
Budget (one page, uploaded as PDF):
Your budget should account for how the work will be made (you do not need to include presentation costs). If the cost of production exceeds the grant amount, please indicate within the budget any confirmed funding you have received or additional funding you anticipate that will enable you to complete this project.
2019 GIARD GRANT JUDGES
Kimberly Drew (New York City) is a writer, curator, and activist. Drew received her B.A. from Smith College in Art History and African-American Studies. She first experienced the art world as an intern in the Director’s Office of The Studio Museum in Harlem. Her time at the Studio Museum inspired her to start the Tumblr blog Black Contemporary Art, sparking her interest in social media. Drew's writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, Vogue, Glamour, Playboy, and Teen Vogue and she has executed Instagram takeovers for Prada, The White House, and Instagram. Drew recently left her role as the Social Media Manager at The Met. Her upcoming book, "Black Futures," which she is co-editing with Jenna Wortham is due in 2020. You can follow her at @museummammy on Instagram and Twitter.
Guadalupe Rosales (Los Angeles) is an artist based in Los Angeles. Rosales has been building an archive of vernacular photographs and ephemera connected to Latinx culture in Southern California. Her projects exist as both archives of physical objects and crowd sourced digital archives, assembled on her widely-followed Instagram accounts: @Veteranas_and_Rucas and @Map_Pointz. Guided by an instinct and self-representation to create counter narratives, Rosales tells the stories of communities often underrepresented in official archives and public memory. With a participatory approach to her practice, Rosales aims to celebrate the voices of others through their archives and memories. Guadalupe Rosales received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016. She is the 2019 recipient of Gordon Parks Foundation fellowships.
Paul Mpagi Sepuya (Los Angeles) is an artist working in photography whose projects weave together histories and possibilities of portraiture, queer and homoerotic networks of production and collaboration, and the material and conceptual potential of blackness at the heart of the medium. His interests also include queer literary modernism, questions of artistic responsibility and care regarding representation and refusal.
Elle Pérez (New York City) was born in 1989 in Bronx, New York and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Since receiving their MFA from Yale School of Art in 2015, Pérez has worked primarily in photography, depicting the intimate moments, emotional exchanges, and visceral details of their subjects and landscapes. Imbued with desire and a profound sense of care for their subjects, the photographs depict the traces of queer experiences and reflect the ever changing nature of identity.
Efrem Zelony-Mindell (New York City) is a curator, writer, and artist. Their curatorial endeavors include shows in New York City: n e w f l e s h, Are You Loathsome, Familiar Strange, and This Is Not Here. They write about art for FOAM, Unseen, DEAR DAVE, VICE, Musée Magazine, SPOT, and essays for artists’ monographs. Their first book, n e w f l e s h, has been published by Gnomic Book. They received their BFA from the School of Visual Arts.
ABOUT ROBERT GIARD
Robert Giard (1939-2002) was a portrait, landscape, and figure photographer who came to the practice of photography relatively late in life. In 1972 he began to take photographs, concentrating on landscapes of the South Fork of Long Island, portraits of friends, many of them artists and writers in the region, and the nude figure. He is best known for photographing over 500 LGBTQ+ writers and activists. A selection from this project, Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers, was published in 1997 by MIT Press and led to a groundbreaking exhibit at the New York Public Library the following year.
In 1985, after seeing a performance of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, as the AIDS crisis raged, Giard decided to turn his camera towards the LGBTQ+ literary community to preserve a record of queer lives and histories. He began documenting LGBTQ+ literary figures, both established and emerging, in a series of unadorned, yet sometimes witty and playful portraits that would eventually number over 500 by the time of his death.
Giard’s work can be found in the collections of The Brooklyn Museum, the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, the San Francisco Public Library, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; his complete archive, including work books and ephemera, can be found in the American Collection of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.
ABOUT THE ROBERT GIARD FOUNDATION
The Robert Giard Foundation was formed in 2002 to preserve Robert Giard’s photographic legacy and to make the full range of his work accessible to a wide audience. The Foundation promotes the use of Giard’s work for educational purposes and supports public programs and continued scholarship focusing on queer literature in America and LGBTIQ+ cultural and political movements. The Foundation also arranges for the permanent preservation of Giard’s photographs, writing and ephemera in museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions. Through the Robert Giard Grant for Emerging Photographers, the Foundation extends Giard’s legacy by encouraging current and future generations to document, depict, and interrogate past and present LGBTIQ+ cultures. The grant was first established in 2008 in cooperation with the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the City University of New York Graduate Center.
Above: Roberto Tondopó, Holy Name of San Sebastián, 2015-2017. Robert Giard Grant Recipient, 2018-2019.