I am very proud that my photographs were selected for a CSD art exhibition this year in Munich. This is a series of photos I took in New York during CSD 2018. The concept of the exhibition is #WhiteStraightLifeMatter and I think it is not just relevant for CSD week but to the overall situation in the world. The text is written by my friend Christina Fedchenko and totally reflects my ideas. My photography is available as a limited edition signed original prints. ​

Dari Ingal

#WhiteStraightLivesMatter

Yeah, I’m serious. They actually do.
How do you feel reading this sentence?
Doesn’t it seem strange to you or maybe even hilarious? Does it have to be said out loud? Isn’t it obvious?
Let’s imagine just for a flinch of a second the world, where that sentence made sense. The world where white straight men needed to be protected and appreciated just as the others.
The world where a black gay woman would speak from the position of power, would be a decision-maker, but still would be generous enough to accept someone who’s not the same race or gender like her.
The moment we realize, how incredible that sounds to us is the moment we take step forward to realizing rigidity of our society’s mind, despite all the loud words.
What we’re trying to say here is that we need to give up on the differences we have and start appreciating the things we have in common.  Because in the end of the day the only thing that matters is LIFE.
The black life, the white life. Straight or gay, Christian, atheist, old, young, thin, fat.
That’s what we actually celebrate here and now: the life. And as the utmost beautiful expression of it: LOVE. That’s what are the works of beautiful artists Dari Ingal and Indie Ru (cofounders of ARTlantic Design) are about.
Everyone’s beautiful in their own way and deserves to be loved and appreciated.

 

Words: Christina Fedchenko

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