Jamil Hellu examines the conflicts that emerge at the intersection of Middle-Eastern heritage and queerness. Hellu claims his Syrian roots and Arab ethnicity, questioning the complexities and stereotypes associated with this background. While addressing homophobia and sexuality, his work juxtaposes cultural imagery in jarring and often humorous ways. Hellu’s exploration of his compound-complex identity activates a contemporary discourse around the implications of cultural lineage.
Aggregate Space Gallery presents this work of moving and still images that explore how we navigate our relationship to our shared cultural histories and personal narratives. The title, All Ways Lead To The Mill, is inspired by a Syrian proverb about how different paths lead to the same destination. Similarly, Hellu’s work uses humor, insight, and self-awareness to examine and critique the different facets of his identity, ultimately weaving the varied threads into a singular, inescapable quest.
Presented in conjunction with the National Queer Arts Festival
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