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Katy Hait

Tim Gass, Detroit| 13″ x x19″ | Archival pigment print | 1977

Artist Statement

In the early and pre Punk years we had a sense of crazy freedom. It was before we were tracked, posted, trolled and shamed. There was limited photographic evidence of our wild times (for which I am grateful). Every photograph takes me right back to those moments. The images are Tim Gass and March Mannino, two of my closest friends, from long before they fought bravely and beautifully to the very end with AIDS.
So glad I can still enjoy the intensity of their gaze.
Tim and Marc were both amazing artists who are included in this show. 

Artwork/s at the following locations:
Scarab Club

MR/QD Is Made Possible BY

Artists stipends made possible by Kresge Arts in Detroit

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About MR/QD

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is an art exhibition in June 2022 devoted to 77 years (1945-2022) of Detroit LGBTQ+ art 

The exhibition presents a month-long historical examination of the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and its longtime allies, featuring established & emerging Detroit artists, as well as artists whose careers were shortened by HIV/AIDS.

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to promoting positive and meaningful images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through artistic and intellectual means. © 2023. All Rights Reserved.