Throughout history visual signifiers have been used to identify people. These identifiers can be subtle and blatant, by choice or forced upon. When in the form of a tattoo, they are a distinctly unique and personal queer identifier.
Tattoos, forms of art in their own right, are also vehicles for story telling. But tattoos cannot speak for themselves and are often hidden under clothing. This exhibition asks what stories lie hidden underneath these clothes, just below the skin?
Christian Hernandez is a museum professional specializing in fashion and textiles, collections, and social media. Combining a love of history with talents in new media and graphic design, he works to make museum collections accessible, engaging, and fun! He is the New Acquisitions Cataloger at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, founder of the facebook group I Heart Museums, and Guest Curator for the exhibition Marked: Tattoos and Queer Identity at the CLGA. In his spare time he is a textile artist, watches documentaries, and thinks about his next tattoo(s). You can find him at linkedin.com/in/