"We are all worthy of love" - Tracy Piper (@thetracypiper) shares her story behind the art. "When a kiss is an act of courage, when loving each other is considered as ‘other’, when the fight for equal rights still rages on… a declaration can be a manifesto, a moment in time can be an act of rebellion and the simple act of loving someone is radical resistance.
‘Love’ is a moment captured of the sweetest couple to celebrate. To celebrate a love that has spanned time, distance and all the trials and tribulations that LGBTQ+ relationships go through. Pride can mean many things for many people but for me this image is representative of the courage it takes to stay playful in the face of adversity. To stay open and curious to the wonders of love, no matter where and how it comes. I look forward to the day that our brothers and sisters and everything in between can love each other with no judgement and no discrimination. We are all worthy of love." #eastpak#pride#pride2019#lovewins
"On the journey of self-discovery, to find and proudly express yourself, no matter how you identify" - Jake Tyas (@jaketyas) discusses the journey that inspired his art. "Pride for me is the after-effect of the journey of self-discovery. Overcoming obstacles, bullying and rejection, on the journey of self-discovery, to find and proudly express yourself, no matter how you identify. I have drawn myself as a bust sculpture, historically intended to record the appearance of an individual, often as a symbol of status and pride. The portrait is built up of different layers overlaid by the different colours of the rainbow, the most iconic symbol of pride and the LGBTQ+ community. Each coloured layer represents a different step in the journey of self-discovery, with the offset nature representing the struggle to find pride in one’s self through this journey. Finally, all of the overlaid colours build together to create the most solid and in-focus portrait, symbolising the strength and pride that comes from the journey of self-discovery, and how the past steps have contributed to this." #eastpak#pride#pride2019#selfexpression#builttoresist
"The space that sexuality and masculinity occupy in constructing individual identity" - Maxime Cousineau-Pérusse (@maximecp) shares the story behind his "Golden Fruit" piece. "It is part of my latest body of work, which explores the space that sexuality and masculinity occupy in constructing individual identity. The large social emphasis and disproportionate salience of gender and sexuality can often overshadow other elements of identity that may be much more meaningful and relevant in defining individuality. Through my use of colour and composition, I attempt to depict emotional realities that are irrespective of traditional ideas of masculinity." #eastpak#pride#pride2019#selfexpression
“His personality is so bright and unique that the only real task is to try to capture it in all of its complexity” – Maria Sufieva (@thesadfork) discusses her inspiration. “Finding inspiration in someone like Ilian isn’t a difficult task. His personality is so bright and unique that the only real task is to try to capture it in all of its complexity. In my artwork, I used a bunch of colours, patterns and elements to show that his personality is full of juicy details that come together in great variety, but to also create harmony between him and the world. I also used symbols such as a theatre stage, earphones, a speaker, and a fountain to capture his love for theatre and music, and his ability to share love and bring comfort into other people’s lives.” #eastpak#pride#pride2019#showyourcolours
“It’s a conflict within to first accept yourself and to come out of the closet” – Harry Virdy (@harry_virdy) explains his story behind the art. “Taking inspiration from personal experiences and life in a conservative culture, I create this painting, “closet”. The painting depicts people who are LGBTQ+ but are in the closet. �I wanted to show what it is like in the closet, and how it feels to be in one. Living with a secret and not being yourself is heartbreaking. An extra layer of struggle is added to life when subjects like LGBTQ+ are considered taboo and inappropriate. The thought that you always have to hide and not express your authentic self and opinion, is terrifying and depressing at the same time. It’s a conflict within to first accept yourself and to come out of the closet. It doesn’t seem like the safest decision when you are caught up in a shame cycle that your environment taught you. Using watercolour and acrylic paints, I took inspiration from pride colours with portraits looking straight to the viewer, expressing themselves and the emotions they experience in their lives.” #eastpak#pride#pride2019#selfexpression
“Who am I or who do I want to be?” – Josephine Rais (@josephinerais) shares her inspiration behind the art. “This work is dedicated to a specific person, Mathis, who is an inspiration to me (probably without even being aware of it). It deals with the confrontation with oneself and the questions, “who am I?”, or, “who do I want to be?” This work focuses on people who find the courage to define themselves beyond traditional gender roles in a conservative society.” #eastpak#pride#pride2019#selfexpression
"A colorful journey of people that seek and believe in an egalitarian, proud and empathic new world" - Juan Palarino (@juanpalarino) shares his story behind the art. "For the proposal I was inspired not by a person but by a collective. Currently, in my country there have been important advances but there are still traces of intolerance and hatred, so I decided to focus on the social movement. Taking the streets, a colorful journey of people that seek and believe in an egalitarian, proud and empathic new world.” #eastpak#pride#pride2019#loudandproud
We teamed up with nine creatives who illustrated what #pride means to them. “Sometimes we support ourselves, sometimes we fight without realising that we are on the same side” – Viviana Amadio (@elladisse) shares her story behind the art. “The work comes from two different inspirations. I am fascinated by Picasso’s works connected to the female universe. In “The Bathers” (1918), the female figures are represented in a still, figurative classic way, expressing grace. In “The Serenade” (1942), the composition of women becomes complex, dramatic and disharmonious. I believe that Picasso managed to read and express in his works, the duality of the feminine universe with its contradictions. In my work I wanted to take up this ambiguity, the impossibility of being defined univocally, beyond any stereotype.
Relationships between women are complex. Sometimes we support ourselves, sometimes we fight without realising that we are on the same side. The drawing represents these two behaviours through the ambiguous image of a female figure, who on one hand seems to clash with the second figure and on the other hand, seems to lift it as if she needs help." #eastpak#pride#pride2019