How She Loves is an series of collaborative portraits exploring the complexities of queer feminine performativity in Singapore.

Using wedding props such as bowties, flowers, and veils, the participants play dress up, interacting with matrimonial tropes and constructed gender roles. Projected onto the backdrop are their parents’ wedding portraits, a visual reminder of the heteronormative histories that have shaped many LGBTQ people’s lives, and a juxtaposition to the possibilities they are in the midst of creating. 

Homosexual relations remain illegal in Singapore due to a colonial-era penal code, 377(a), which dictates that a man cannot have sex with another man. Women are not mentioned in the legislation. Couples who identify as non-heterosexual do not possess any legal or administrative rights in Singapore, affecting issues such as marriage, their ability obtain public housing, and hospital visitations.

This series was first initiated through a residency at the Exactly Foundation in 2018.  

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