LOVE is LOVE is LOVE

SEKHMET's first project is“LOVE is LOVE is LOVE," a multimedia journey challenging the erasure of gender, sexual and ethnic minorities in Kosovo. Through the realization of Kosovo's first LGBT+ mural, an audiovisual performance and an audiovisual installation revolving around unexpected forms of family and love, LOVE is LOVE is LOVE encourages people to reflect on what brings people together, and the true meaning of equality and love.

The artistic intervention is commissioned by Manifesta 14 Prishtina and supported by the Municipality of Prishtina.

Mustafa and Qerkica are a family of choice. A gay man with a disability and a transgender woman of Ashkali ethnicity, they have lived together and taken care of each other for many years. Their home in Fushë Kosove, located on the outskirts of Prishtina, has long been a cherished gathering place and shelter for the LGBTQI* community.

The mural by Ermira Murati, who goes by the name of Orange Girl, lends visibility to their story. It publicly challenges the marginalisation and erasure of gender, sexual and ethnic minorities in Kosovo and elsewhere. Having previously depicted the intimacy between two Albanian rhapsodists, which fomented much public debate, Murati feels compelled as an artist “to create what needs to be created”.

What needs to be created right now, she and the collective argue, is a more humane and open way of thinking about families. Their mural encourages people “to reflect on the shared foundations of humanity”, to discover “what is similar, while making room for what is different”.

Read more about LOVE is LOVE is LOVE on KultPlus and Dylberizm.