Tatu Vuolteenaho paints portraits of queer witches. They are queers and their allies who are into spirituality.
Queer people have often felt excluded from mainstream religions and spiritual groups. Gay culture in the western world offers alcohol, sex, shopping and bitching but spirituality has been less visible. In other cultures the queers have been seen differently. They have often held intersex, androgynous people, feminine males and masculine females in high respect and the queers have been seen as religious leaders and teachers.
Tatu takes photographs first and paints from the photos. Tatu participates in workshops, rituals, healings etc. to learn more about the models. That way he hopes to get some magic into the paintings.
First paintings are done: Yiorgos, Yvonne (sold), Martyn, Johannes, Risto and Maisa
The paintings are 100 x 81 cm, acrylic on canvas
6 paintings have been exhibited in Adlerfelt in Suomenlinna, Helsinki in summer 2021 (until 31.8.). Next summer will see 12 new paintings in the same place. QW portraits will also be shown in Tillarigalleria in Nivala on 13.9. - 29.9. 2021, at Mas Amigos Que Nunca in Madrid in Spring 2022 and at Oulu Pride in summer 2022. Tatu is looking for QW exhibition opportunities in autumn 2022 and later.
Tatu has more QW models from The UK, Finland, Spain, Venezuela and Australia.
See intros of Queer Witches who have said yes to having their portraits painted.
Aim is to have exhibitions in many countries. This project can go even further: research trips to Latin America, academic studies and a book.
QW art project aims to sell the works and part of the profits go to help our less fortunate LGBT+ friends. A gay refugee from Uganda Geoffrey Rainbo has inspired us to include this aspect into the project.
Wigs for refugees or what could we do? (Article about Geoffrey)
Tatu Vuolteenaho is giving art talks called "Drag Queens, Aliens and Queer Witches". They are about Tatu's colourful queer party history and why the QW art project seems like a good idea now. Tatu can give the lectures in Finnish, English or in Spanish.
See the London lecture from The Glory on Youtube