NY1 Minute Weddings presents Goran Veljic’s first exhibition in New York: Same Sex Marriages.
Same Sex Marriages is a celebration of love, happiness, and hope. The show presents couples in sharp focus - some fully embracing traditional wedding iconography; others subverting iconographic conventions from within, using humor and unexpected composition to appropriate an age-old institution in their own terms. The result is a visible oscillation between a jubilant acceptance and utter defiance of conventions. With its iconic monuments and buildings, the city offers a beautiful backdrop on the cheap. The outcome is an appropriation of the public landscape for personal use, creating images that are truly personal, yet transcend a personal narrative to become representative of an era. Goran Veljic celebrated hundreds of same-sex marriage ceremonies, contributing to the changing marriage landscape of the city.
Goran Veljic was born in Serbia, Smederevka Palanka, in 1970. He was an active participant in the revolution in Serbia, his native country, where he also ran a photo studio and a printing business. He documented the war in former Yugoslavia and the difficult political times in Serbia. After over two decades as a photographer in Europe, he relocated to New York City in 2009. Since then, he has been recording something far more beautiful – love.
Goran Veljic has been the City Hall photographer for five years, since the beginning of City Hall’s marriage program. Since the Marriage Equality Act passed in New York State in June 2011, he has had the pleasure of documenting ceremonies of couples of the same sex. Goran Veljic has become a symbol of City Hall’s weddings, witnessing more than 5,000 weddings and marrying many of the couples licensed by City Hall. As a result of photographing Alec Baldwin in City Hall, he appeared on the E! Channel, NBC News, ABC News and The Daily News and The New York Post. Goran Veljic works as a photographer and a wedding officiant at NY 1 Minute Weddings. He is also writing a book about marriages, which includes the stories of the numerous couples that he has photographed and married.
Same Sex Marriages is his first exhibit in New York.
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