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Art As Activism: This Queer Couple Are Raising Awareness For Equality By "Marrying" 24 Tim

Art duo J F Pierets

Female art duo and lovers Fleur Pierets and Julian P. Boom are celebrating diversity and equality by marrying in all 24 countries that allow same-sex marriage with art project 22.

Spanning 18 months, 22 The Project will consist of 24 performance piece weddings and art/video installations in all countries that currently allow same-sex marriage.

Merging art with activism, the European duo who work under the name J F. Pierets hope “22 can raise levels of awareness that may lead to changing laws and giving people the equal opportunities they deserve.”

“22 is an art project that speaks of evolution and optimism. A time capsule that instantly refers to the possibility of change. That captures the zeitgeist of a world in the midst of change when it comes to gender equality and human rights. 22 celebrates the places that legalised gay marriage, and highlights the work that still needs to be done in the 170 countries that don’t.”

Beginning in New York in September, the pair will spend the next 18 months travelling to The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Canada, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Ireland, the UK, Luxembourg, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Malta and South Africa, with the last performance in New Zealand in October 2018.

Since naming the project 22 after the countries who had achieved marriage equality, Malta and Germany have been added to the itinerary, with the duo opting to keep the original name. “Naming our project 22 shows that the world is in constant movement. We’re building a time capsule that instantly refers to the possibility of change and we ourselves don’t know to how many countries we will have to go, or have to add over the 18 month course of this project. We hope many, because this goes beyond being merely a work of art.”

So will Australia be added to the list if we survive the postal survey and achieve equality with a parliamentary vote?

“We would definitely schedule to add Australia to the project if you achieve marriage equality! Any country that legalises same-sex marriage during the course of our estimated 18 month journey will be added to our project. Hopefully we can welcome a few more countries along the road. We truly hope Australia will join the troops because it’s time. Just like it was time for Germany (who, thankfully voted yes a few months ago) to join in.”

"Keep up the good fight and fingers crossed it works out for marriage equality down under soon!"

Check out their itinerary, read more about JF. Pierets and follow their 22 journey here.