In 2017, European artist duo Fleur Pierets and her wife, Julian Boom, came up with the idea for a performance art project in which they would get married in every country that had legalized same-sex marriage (22 when they started the project, now 28) After four countries, Julian was diagnosed with brain cancer and died approximately six weeks later, on January 22, 2018.
Fleur Pierets will be launching the first part of her two-volume children’s book series Love Around the World in which Fleur and Julian fulfill the dream of their beautiful project. They travel to Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, and the United States, learning the fascinating traditions and customs and peculiarities surrounding marriage in each country.
She will be talking about the work she and her wife Julian did as an LGBTQ artist couple, about their magazine Et Alors?, and the start of the wedding performance piece. Fleur talks about the importance of “completing” 22 through a children’s book and the need to keep on working as a human rights advocate by launching bridge-building projects.
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Fleur Pierets is an award-winning Belgian artist and LGBTQ+ activist whose work combines photography and performance with theory and writing in a research-based practice that questions the construction and mainstream understanding of queer identity. She is the founding editor of Et Alors?, an online magazine devoted to LGBTQ+ politics, fashion, identity, and other issues. Her book Julian has just been published by Dutch publisher Das Mag, and the first volume of the children’s book Love Around the World is published at 6ft. Press – US.