Shannon Novak’s work aims to reduce anxiety, depression, and suicide rates for the LGBTQI+ community worldwide. He seeks to dismantle heteronormative structures and systems and build spaces that acknowledge, celebrate, and support diversity in sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and sex characteristics. Key areas of focus in his work include LGBTQI+ activism, centering LGBTQI+ BIPOC communities, and illuminating and preserving LGBTQI+ history.
Novak founded the Safe Space Alliance, a global LGBTQI+ led non-profit organisation that aims to help people identify, navigate, and create safe spaces for the LGBTQI+ community. Museums and galleries have joined from around the world including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York City, New York, USA), MCA Denver (Denver, Colorado, USA), Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Massachusetts, USA), and Museum of London (London, UK).
Shannon will be talking about his work with GOMA as part of the 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. The project will launch in September 2021 through a series of interventions inside the gallery and outside the gallery (satellite spaces) that make visible key challenges local (Queensland) LGBTQI+ communities face.
Pictured: Shannon Novak