Contact’s young programming and producing team RE:CON will mark the anniversary of an iconic Manchester protest. By commissioning a renowned photographer to recreate a powerful image. Of the gathering in Manchester city centre -Temporary Monument, Permanent Protest
In 1988, the UK government introduced Section 28. Legislation that stated that councils should not “intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality”. In its schools or other areas of their work. Over 20,000 people marched in protest against the legislation on 20 February 1988. This was Manchester’s largest ever peaceful protest at that time.
RE:CON are currently looking for members of the public who took part in the protest. To be part of this unique commemorative project. Collaborating with renowned photographer and artist Manuel Vason. RE:CON is looking for people to help recreate one of the original striking images taken at the protest, for public display in 2018.
The project will begin with an initial workshop with the organisers to explore ideas for the image, and discuss connections to the march and the issues surrounding the struggle for LGBTQ+ people’s rights in the 30 years since the protests.
The public photoshoot will take place in a Manchester city centre location on Tuesday 20 February. The photograph will then be presented at a public event in May 2018, alongside performances, poetry and music celebrating the protest and its legacy.
Photographer Manuel Vason said of the project:
In a multicultural, diverse society there are countless ways in which people can express a sense of community and solidarity. In my opinion the Temporary Monument, Permanent Protest project is clearly an opportunity to do so and to remind ourselves of a moment in recent British history when these values were under serious thread.
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