Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival chooses original painting to be icon of this year’s festivalStay up to date on South Florida news! Click here to subscribe for email news updates from BrowardNETOnline.com
Realist Mexican artist Luis Selem’s original painting, “Proud, Looking to the Future,” has been selected as the official image to represent the upcoming Ft. Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, announced Franc Castro, executive director of the FLGLFF. The festival, presented by HBO Latin America, runs October 4-7 at venues throughout Ft. Lauderdale.
Selem is known for creating works with universal themes infused with his own personal world view as a contemporary artist. Through his art, he depicts the human figure and his most intimate thoughts and desires. He has participated in more than 50 group exhibitions and several solo exhibitions in major cultural centers in Mexico, the United States and several South American countries.
“This piece was inspired by my environment, my style and my outlook on life,” Selem says. “My thought process is forward-thinking and I am constantly looking towards the future without ever losing the essence of my being in the present. My desire is that the viewer of this work should also look ahead toward where the character is looking and join the character on the journey. I also made sure the subject’s gender was vague which not only gives the piece a sense of mystery but also allows both men and women to identify with the character.”
Edgar Pozos, owner of Galeria Del Sol in Miami Beach, is responsible for connecting Selem with the film festival. Pozos felt that Selem’s photo realism style of painting would match well with the film festival’s dedication to film as an art form. Pozos will also be responsible for curating the official image for both the Miami and Ft. Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festivals in 2013.
“Proud, Looking to the Future” is actually an encore appearance as it also served as the official image for the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival last May.
“Selem’s beautiful painting was an integral part of the Miami festival and was so well received by our guests that we wanted to share it with our fans and moviegoers in Ft. Lauderdale as well,” Castro said.
About the Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Film Festival:
The mission of the Ft. Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is to produce events and programs that bring the South Florida LGBT community together through film. Coming into its fourth year as a stand-alone Festival, the 2012 Festival will expand its schedule to include food and music components as well as more short films, documentaries and feature films by, about, and of interest to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Dates for the 2012 Ft. Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Film Festival are October 4 – 7, 2012. For more information, visit www.flglff.com, or call 305-751-6305.