Haifa City Museum – What Will the Neighbors Say?

 Haifa City Museum opens the first exhibition of its kind dedicated to the story of the queer community—or by its official name the LGBT community—in Haifa, from the British Mandate to the present day. This is the first time a museum in Israel dedicates an exhibition of such large and comprehensive scale to queer history. The exhibition offers an essential and up-to-date history of sexual and gender minorities. 

Curators:

Dotan Brom, Yoav Zaritsky and Adi Sadaka (Haifa Queer History Project) and Inbar Dror Lax

The exhibition was produced in cooperation with the Association for LGBTQ People in Israel and with the assistance of Haifa Arts Foundation

Through photographs, illustrations, films, artefacts and historical documents, the exhibition follows the story of Haifa's queer community as a not-always-linear process, but a sequence of events, acts, declarations, high and low points that preceded the present reality, which is also always composed of countless perspectives. The importance of the exhibition lies in Haifa's diverse, colorful and multicultural character, etched as a value on its flag. Containing diversified memories of the community, the broad range of perspectives offered in the exhibition enables a broad and rich observation. This community is part of the city's fabric, an integral part of the history of the gardens, cafes, culture and relationships between the people who participate in shaping the space and life in the city.

Initiated by members of the Haifa Queer History Project, this unique exhibition aims to examine the community as an integral part of Haifa's history and life fabric.

 

 

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Reali School protest against
homophobic statements made by
President Weizman
Illustration: Meir Appelbaum

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Haifa Gay Pride Parade Poster 2008
Design: Aviv Sommer
Queer History Project Collection