RITUAL

A potential Midsumma exhibition of photographs of GLBTI people who include ritual in their lives.

Here is the email message I’m going to send out to interested parties:

Hi there,

I’m planning a work for Midsumma tentatively called ‘Ritual’ which will be a photographic exhibition of GLBTI people who perform rituals in their lives. This could include those of us who are religious, performers preparing themselves, right along the spectrum to those who watch TV while getting ready to go out clubbing!

Wikipedia defines Ritual thus (From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ritual):

A ritual is a set of actions, performed mainly for their symbolic value. It may be prescribed by a religion or by the traditions of a community. The term usually excludes actions which are arbitrarily chosen by the performers, or dictated purely by logic, chance, necessity, etc.

A ritual may be performed on specific occasions, or at the discretion of individuals or communities. It may be performed by a single individual, by a group, or by the entire community; in arbitrary places, or in places especially reserved for it; either in public, in private, or before specific people. A ritual may be restricted to a certain subset of the community, and may enable or underscore the passage between religious or social states.

The purposes of rituals are varied; with religious obligations or ideals, satisfaction of spiritual or emotional needs of the practitioners, strengthening of social bonds, social and moral education, demonstration of respect or submission, stating one’s affiliation, obtaining social acceptance or approval for some event ‘” or, sometimes, just for the pleasure of the ritual itself.

In the context of the exhibition, Ritual ultimately includes anything that you do on a regular basis and is an active part of your life – I’m looking for both symbolic, religious, and personal rituals that you perform.

I’d like to find 12 people who would be willing to participate. I can’t offer you money, but I can offer you the potential for a little fun, and will give you the photos I take in digital format.

If you or any friends might be interested, please let them know about this!

Author: gotheek

Sometime writer, full time human.