“9” (March 14—April 19), curated by Terry Suprean of CivicTv, is hosted this year by FotoFest Biennale at Sabine Street Studios in Houston. The exhibition brings together nine Houston-based artists exemplifying the array of styles within the cities art community. I decided to display a selection of prints from Variable Embrace

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Installation Photos: j. bilhan

Featured artist:  Latifa Albokhari, Sebastien Boncy, j. bilhan, Erin Carty, Colby Deal, Cary Fagan, Ronald L Jones, Lovie Olivia, and Jamie Robertson

Brief: Variable Embrace

    “There was seldom a period where my sexual nature felt acceptable and shameless. As a teen, my first sexual indicators would signal at the sight of hairy, middle-aged, heavyset men evolving to then include seniors—grandpas, or silver daddies as they're often called. My adolescence was delivered with mind-numbing shame and confusion. As an obedient child in a religious family, there would be no safe space to foster these desires...” — Journal Exerpt, 2018

Variable Embrace looks into the hidden lives of men who are attracted to men from the perspective of young adults—the admirer—drawn to older men—the admired. These relationships are often referred to as May-December, Intergenerational, or Age Disparate.

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