This is a fairly unique point in modern times – a third of the world in lockdown, many sexual freedoms curtailed, movement restricted and many finding themselves with additional free time – while others toil to keep society going.
This significant shift in how we run lives will be having an impact on what we now consider ‘fantasy’. So, in an endeavour to bring together LGBTQ+ creatives around the world and share our aspect of the situation we find ourselves in – you are invited to provide a creative response on the theme of ‘my lockdown fantasies’
The initial inspiration for this project was an article, ‘Don’t get too close to my fantasy’ produced by Lucy Orbell which featured anonymously submitted fantasies. The article was published in Le Roy magazine, issue 5. You can see more of this project on the website.
The idea of submitted fantasies struck me when I originally purchased the magazine; however when it resurfaced (during a video call during lockdown) I began to think how the responses might now differ due to the current restrictions.
The intent of this is that fantasies can be broad – and not necessarily sexual. These could be other fantasies born of the situation – lack of freedoms, inability to hug, impact of mental health, lack of access to groceries and especially the very real losses it brings.
This project will feature two elements:
- anonymously submitted fantasies from LGBTQ+ people
- further responses from artists and creatives
Please submit your fantasies via the online form.
Artists – get involved!
Firstly – please submit your own fantasy/ies!
Alongside the submitted fantasies the curator invites creatives to add their interpretation of the subject.
All reproducible medias are invited – digital or analogue written pieces, all types of drawing (sketching, cartoons, doodles), painting, collage, video, photographs
- Simple textual responses – either credited or published with an anonymous credit.
- Visual creative supplied in image or video form – this can either be a work entirely originated by you – or you can ask to see anonymously submitted written response and choose to illustrate this.
- It is preferred all works are either a direct response to one of the published fantasies, to how you feel now or a re-working of existing works reacting to the current situation.
- Anyone who identifies as LGBTQ+ in a country which is or has been on lockdown can submit.
- It is intended this project will run as inclusive curation (where possible all submissions will be shared/published).
- Where possible all submissions will be shared on social media (unless you request this doesn’t happen).
- All contributors will get free access to any digital publications and can purchase any physical outcomes at cost.
- Blog recording all submissions – this will commence immediately.
- Printed publication/s
- Online gatherings and happenings
- An initial deadline of 23 June 2020 (midnight, GMT) is set (6 months after the initial Wuhan lockdown). This may be extended.
For all questions and comments – please contact Johann D’Nale