Stories in Place
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Conceived by Sean Eve in Florence, Italy, in 2012 in response to increased attacks directed at the LGBTQ community, “faggot flowers” were intended to signal the resilience of a queer presence in the landscape and to brighten specific corners of the city cast into shadow by acts of violence.
In their current form, the flowers provide an opportunity for individuals, their friends, family and allies to honor the many ways queerness enriches our world. Offering a means to share stories and testimony through the associated website, the physical placement of the flowers themselves provides a way to map the richness and diversity of queer lives across the global landscape in real time.
It is hoped the flowers will help to build community through storytelling, linking the past and present, and providing a bridge between generations and cultures. The stories, and the AR technology being developed for use with the flowers in the near future, open a window into the lived and imagined world of queer consciousness. It is a complex, sometimes troubled, but deeply beautiful place, a corner of our world too often hidden from view.