Robin Hammond

Robin Hammond

Almost 1.8 billion people live in countries where identifying as lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and intersex could lead to imprisonment, corporal punishment or even death.


Feb 2, 2019 | 6pm


72 nations around the world have criminal laws against sexual activity by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex people. The brutality of  punishments in these  countries include imprisonment, torture and, in some instances, death.

Photographer Robin Hammond travelled to over a dozen countries as a part of his “Where Love is Illegal” campaign to document and collaborate with individuals facing relentless discrimination.

Those photographed in this global storytelling campaign were able to choose how they wanted to pose, what they wanted to wear and how they wanted to present themselves. Their portraits and testimonies can be seen in this powerful exhibition.

ADDRESS: BDC's St Mary's Annex, 364 E. 151st Street, Bronx 
Free and open to the public.

Thur, Feb 7th | 7PM

Feb 2-Mar 24
Thur-Fri 3-7PM
Sat-Sun 1-5PM

The exhibition is curated by Michael Kamber and Cynthia Rivera.

Where Love Is Illegal is made possible by The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the New York State Legislature, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, the Phillip & Edith Leonian Foundation, Con Edison, and the Donnelley Foundation.

 “O,” 27 (right), and “D,” 23 (left). They were attacked on the way home from a concert after kissing at their subway stop.“The real fear I experienced was not for myself, it was for the one I love,” said O. St. Petersburg, Russia. November 2014. © Robin Hammond/Panos for Witness Change