Filmmaker and photographer Luke Gilford reveals his first solo exhibition, “National Anthem”, at SN37 Gallery in New York.

Filmmaker and photographer Luke Gilford reveals his first solo exhibition, “National Anthem”, at SN37 Gallery in New York.

“National Anthem” by Luke Gilford

Exhibition on display: July 14 – August 28, 2022

SN37 Gallery: 204 Front St, New York, NY 10038

SN37 presents filmmaker and photographer Luke Gilford’s first solo exhibition, “National Anthem,” at their nonprofit gallery space in New York City. The influential artist is renowned for his delightful multi-media storytelling ability and his portrayal of stunning imagery with a unique narrative vision. Gilford’s diverse collection of pieces spans several years spent documenting the various distinct subcultures within the International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA), the organizing body for the LGBTQ+ cowboy and cowgirl communities in North America. . The focus of the “National Anthem” is to recognize and highlight the thriving queer communities in rural America and the deep kinship there.

“One of the great powers of queer rodeo is its ability to disrupt American tribal dichotomies that cannot contain who we really are — liberal versus conservative, urban versus rural, ‘coastal elite’ versus ‘Central America,’ notes Gilford. “I” am honored to share this work on such a grand scale in New York City and celebrate the beauty of this community and what it represents. I look forward to connecting with others who have come to town since rural areas and hopefully inspire anyone who wants to expand their experiences to include more nature and community in safe spaces.”

Printed on an extraordinary scale, the profound characters of “National Anthem” demand to be confronted, and in doing so refuse the invisibility that neglect and rejection too often cast upon them. Reflecting on his time spent with IGRA members and their neighbours, Gilford found himself soothed by the unexpected openness he witnessed, which he described as “the electric charge of belonging”. .

Through his observations, Gilford translates this through his current exhibition, hoping to spark an interconnection between members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Especially those who have left their hometown in search of a more welcoming environment, he seeks to build an essence of community love and care that he finds so evident in the city.

This presentation of images is accompanied by the limited edition reprint of Gilford’s popular 2020 National Anthem monograph, available from the gallery. SN37 has deliberately decided to donate the proceeds of each exhibition to the organization chosen by the artists; proceeds from the sale of selected works from Gilford’s show will be donated to the International Gay Rodeo Association.

About the International Gay Rodeo Association

The International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA) is the only organizing body for LGBTQ+ rodeo communities in North America, a safe space for all races and gender expressions. Queer Rodeo draws participants from rural areas across America for structured educational programs and competitions, facilitating opportunities to hone athletic skills, animal connection and care, personal integrity, self-confidence and mutual support.


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