Photography project At Home
At Home is a series of portraits of queer people, created between 2016 and 2020. I have started this series of photographs while living in the Türkis Rosa Lila Villa, a political project and a community center in Vienna, Austria, organized by and for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, inter, and trans* people. The house was squatted in 1982 and today unites a couple of projects: living, counseling, and gastronomy. I lived in “The Villa” for 3 years and during that time I got very inspired by that place of 11 people living together. Even though we didn’t all live in the same flat, living in the same house and being engaged in the community work gave me a strong feeling of mutual belonging. I’ve started photographing my housemates in their rooms mostly because I wanted to become closer to them, to get to know them better. It was my way of showing care and appreciation for being in my life, in the house, for supporting me and letting me support them. The Türkis Rosa Lila Villa is an important place for Vienna and Austria, gathering many queer people who seek content apart from the mainstream and hetero-normative society, some of whom I also included in the project after I moved out.