Simon Wald-Lasowski makes colorful, fun, twisted work by use of bricolage, word play and ‘cliché bending’. Lighthearted at first sight, his images often reveal a certain depth on second inspection. His approach is always very personal, which blur the boundaries between autonomous and commissioned work.

Simon Wald-Lasowski
Da Costakade 148
1053 XC Amsterdam
0031 (0)6 559 614 73

Client: Het Parool

I was asked by Het Parool to illustrate an article about the documentary 'Do I sound gay?'. This documentary deals with the topic of straight men with a particular tone or articulation who are often questioned about their sexuality. 

This theme is a touchy subject to work with. As a contributor to mass media platforms I am increasingly aware of my responsibilities, meaning that I am given the chance to propagate certain clichés or try to break these. 
The challenge I was confronted with was: how to visualise a 'gay sound' without patronising the gay community? But at the same time making a readable image (therefore using clichés) and therefore reinforcing judgments...

I ended up making a 'fabulous colourful hello'. To show that with merely one word someone can already be categorised by it's interlocutor. The second image is a torn hurt 'hello' who tried to take off it's colourful tone to become more 'neutral'. Is this violent act triggered by the speaker against his own voice or an external aggression?

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