Celebrate Pride across Europe with art’otel

20/06/24

LGBTQ+ artists offer an intimate look at community experience through photography

  • Leading hotel brand, art’otel launches Pride campaign in all European locations with exhibition Pride Through the Lens: A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Identity and Love, alongside other events with, and for, the community
  • The travelling photography exhibition will pop up in the UK, The Netherlands, Germany and Croatia throughout the summer
  • The exhibition will feature work from acclaimed artists such as Joel Rodriguez, Arjan Spannenburg, Ernst Coppejans, Grace Pickering, and Aimee McGhee

Thursday 20 June, London: As Europe waves the rainbow flag in honour of International Pride this month, leading lifestyle hotel brand art’otel has announced a vibrant travelling photography exhibition that will make its way around all of the brand’s hotels this summer.

Pride Through the Lens: A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Identity and Love” will be a celebration of the diverse and powerful identities within the LGBTQ+ community, offering an intimate look into the lives and experiences of individuals and groups, brought to life through the eyes of a range of talented photographers, each bringing their own unique perspective from the community themselves. 

The programme will feature work from acclaimed artists Joel Rodriguez, Arjan Spannenburg, Ernst Coppejans, Grace Pickering, and Aimee McGhee; each image tells a story of identity, resilience, love, and joy, inviting viewers to celebrate and reflect on the rich tapestry of queer life.

The exhibition of both commissioned works and archive collections will kick off in the newly launched art’otel London Hoxton on Friday 21st June before travelling to art’otel London Battersea, art’otel Amsterdam, art’otel Berlin, art’otel Cologne and art’otel Zagreb throughout June, July and August. Vibrant opening parties, artist talks and other events will also accompany exhibitions across London and Amsterdam, as well as supplementary activities online and on @artotel social media to platform artists from art’otel’s upcoming destination Rome. See the full schedule below.

In an effort to honour the past, celebrate the present, and inspire a future of inclusivity and love, with this brand wide programme, art’otel enhances its reputation as a forward-thinking, culturally engaged brand that puts its guests and surrounding communities first. By hosting the programme across Europe, the brand forges meaningful connections across oceans and brings the LGBTQ+ community and allies together through the powerful medium of art. With hotels that bring art, design, gastronomy & communities together across Europe, spend the summer with art’otel and experience this wonderful exhibition come to life.

This project is underpinned by a desire to give creatives within the community a platform through art, and support chosen causes across European destinations through artwork sales by select artists, where art’otel contributes its share of proceeds to these causes. Guests are also encouraged to donate to such causes in hotel and via website.

Exhibitions within Pride Through the Lens

Celebrating Joy in Resistance by Joel Rodriguez

Joel Rodriguez is a renowned commercial and editorial portrait photographer who produces work that highlights the diverse stories of triumph and struggle within the queer community. He places attention on light and colour, resulting in striking and resonating images. His exhibition during “Pride Through the Lens” focuses on the resilience and activism within the queer community, portraying the social and political resistance that has shaped LGBTQ+ identities and the solidarity it has fostered. The photographs will delve into the personal stories intertwined with historical changes and ongoing struggles for equality, capturing moments of defiance and unity. This exhibition will feature across art’otels in London, Amsterdam & Cologne. 

Exploration of identity by Arjan Spannenburg

Focusing on the search for identity and self-expression, Arjan Spannenburg invites viewers to reflect on their own journeys of self-discovery through his introspective work. His exhibition at “Pride Through the Lens” is dedicated to capturing a raw yet tender glimpse into the lives of LGBTQ adolescents at a pivotal and uncertain time. Through his lens, we see individuals whose silent plea for support, understanding, and love resonates profoundly with viewers, inviting them to contemplate the balance between vulnerability and self-expression, especially in the context of exploring and affirming their sexual and gender identities. This exhibition will feature across art’otels in London, Amsterdam & Berlin.

A look through by Ernst Coppejans

As a portrait and documentary photographer, Ernst Coppejans uses his art to address discrimination, exclusion, and prejudice. His work, infused with personal resonance, showcases the resilience and diversity of marginalised communities.Currently he has an exhibition on display in New York City delving into the lives of unhoused queer youth in the city, an often forgotten subculture. Through authentic and vibrant portraits, Ernst fosters empathetic conversations and inspires positive change. His exhibition at “Pride Through the Lens” features Coppejans’ powerful portraits of LGBTQ+ couples and individuals, offering a deeply personal and resonant exploration of identity, love, and resilience. By capturing the essence of LGBTQ+ lives, the photographer aims to challenge preconceived notions, disrupt complacency, and ignite a spirit of unity and progress. His work serves as a powerful reminder of the beauty in diversity and the strength found in vulnerability. This exhibition will feature across art’otels in Amsterdam & Zagreb.

A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Identity and Love by Ernst Coppejans, Arjan Spannenburg and Joel Rodriguez

The largest exhibition of the “Pride Through the Lens” series will take place in Amsterdam where Rodriguez, Spannenburg and Coppejans come together in a group show that examines the intersection of marginalised ethnic cultures and queerness, highlighting the multifaceted nature of identity within the LGBTQ+ community. The photographers offer a nuanced look at how cultural backgrounds influence and enrich LGBTQ+ experiences. This exhibition will come together for a group show at art’otel Amsterdam.

"We Both Laughed in Pleasure" by Grace Pickering 

Grace Pickering (they/them) is a Photographer & Director from Manchester, uk. They have spent their career standing apart from the crowd. “We Both Laughed in Pleasure” is a compelling collection of six photographs and a short film that delves into the vibrant, diverse, and joy-filled trans-masculine community through Grace’s eyes. Documenting this inspiring community over the last 10 years in LA and NY has been enormously influential in Grace’s own gender journey. This exhibition serves as a homage to the trans men who have supported and guided Grace along the way. This exhibition will feature at art’otel London Hoxton with exclusive screening of Grace’s first feature film with Greatcoat Films titled ‘Soft Lad’.

Queer Nightlife by Aimee McGhee  

Aimee McGhee is celebrated for her dynamic images of London’s queer nightlife, capturing the vibrant energy and diverse spirit of the city’s LGBTQ+ scene. Her expert retouching and ability to highlight the beauty in each individual make her work a compelling tribute to the people and culture of queer club life. Her exhibition for “Pride Through the Lens” explores the vibrant subcultures within queer nightlife, from ballroom and drag culture to leather bars and underground scenes celebrating the spaces where LGBTQ+ individuals find joy, expression, and a sense of belonging. This exhibition will feature at art’otel London Hoxton. 

 The five artists and the art’otel curators behind this exhibition, Alisa Lisovskaia (Art & Cultural Programme Manager) & Jasmyn Henry, are available for interview. 

Key Dates:  

Friday 21st June: Newly opened art’otel London Hoxton marks the start of the travelling exhibition with their opening event on Friday 21st June in the art gallery and auditorium, with artist talk by Joel Rodriguez.

Monday 15th July: Arjan Spannenburg travels from the Netherlands for an artist panel talk with Joel Rodriguez at art’otel London Battersea Power Station. 

Tuesday 23rd July: To mark the opening of the series’ largest show with 30 works by three artists Joel Rodriguez, Arjan Spannenburg & Ernst Coppejans, art’otel Amsterdam holds its opening party in the art’otel Gallery on the evening of Tuesday 23rd July with the artists, drinks, DJ and more. 

 

Schedule

Pride Through the Lens: A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Identity and Love
Dates Location Exhibition Events
21st June – 2nd July art’otel London Hoxton Celebrating Joy in Resistance by Joel Rodriguez 21/06 – Opening event & Joel Rodriguez artist talk
20th June – 2nd July art’otel London Battersea Exploration of identity by Arjan Spannenburg  15th July – Arjan Spannenburg artist talk
3rd July – 17th July  art’otel London Hoxton Exploration of identity by Arjan Spannenburg 
3rd July – 17th July  art’otel London Battersea Celebrating Joy in Resistance by Joel Rodriguez
23rd July – 23rd August  art’otel Amsterdam A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Identity and Love (Group Show with Arjan Spannenburg, Joel Rodriguez, Ernst Coppejans) 23rd July – Opening Party with artists drinks, DJ, more. 

Artist talk event to follow

19th July – 29th July  art’otel Berlin Exploration of identity by Arjan Spannenburg 
19th July – 29th July  art’otel Cologne Celebrating Joy in Resistance by Joel Rodriguez
19th July – 29th July  art’otel Zagreb A look through by Ernst Coppejans
1st August – 6th August  art’otel London Hoxton Queer Nightlife by Aimee McGhee  2nd August – Opening event
7th August – 26th August  art’otel London Hoxton “We both laughed in Pleasure” by Grace Pickering

 

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About art’otel:

art’otel, powered together with Radisson Hotels, is a contemporary collection of upper upscale lifestyle hotels, each brought to life by a chosen Signature Artist, forming a cultural, gastronomic and social hub in the most creative areas of the most interesting cities in Europe.

art’otel’s entire concept focuses on original art displayed from Signature Artists, whose artworks are woven into the hotels’ interior designs. On site art Galleries (often the hottest places in town to throw a party), with ever-changing exhibitions at most art’otels are home to a vibrant cultural program of art’beat events, whilst award-winning destination restaurants & bars attract locals and guests alike.  

​art’otels can be found in Amsterdam, Berlin, Cologne, London Battersea Power Station, London Hoxton, Zagreb and soon in Rome. 

PPHE Hotel Group, an international hospitality and real estate company with already a strong London presence through its Park Plaza properties, wholly owns the art’otel brand.

 

art’otel Europe:

www.artotellondonbattersea.com

www.artotellondonhoxton.com

www.artotelamsterdam.com

www.artotelberlinmitte.com

www.artotelcologne.com

www.artotelzagreb.com

www.artotelrome.com (coming soon)

 

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