UTS Visual Communication

UTS Visual Communication


Zachariah Lee

Studio Leader: Aaron Seymour

QU**R is a location-based app that unabashedly uncovers, and displays, the queer landscape of Sydney, namely through photographs of queer people of colour (QPOC). Using the City of Sydney’s C Moore Hardy archive as a starting point, the app hones in on the experience of uncensoring the bodies, memories, moments of QPOC by relocating these people on the map.

On the global stage queer communities have been erased, neglected, overlooked. The app works against the hegemonic current of what queerness looks like. Consisting of hundreds of photographs documenting queer night life

in Sydney over the years, users are encouraged to tie people to place, understanding that their experiences have withstood the test of time. As the user relocates these people on the map through observing, acknowledging and doing, they are instilled with the understanding that these people exist, are here, and that their lives aren’t transitory. These moments of queer love and joy can be found in the present. To be seen is half the step.

We acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people, upon whose ancestral lands our university stands. We also pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.