French artist and photographer Olivier Ciappa has created a photography exhibit “Imaginary Couples” in an artistic effort to combat homophobia.
The exhibit features straight celebrities posing as same-sex couples and families to bring positive imagery of LGBT relationships. Stars include Eva Longoria posing with singer Lara Fabian and “Dallas Buyers Club” director Jean-Marc Vallee posing alongside “Sicario” director Denis Villeneuve.
Ciappa told The Huffington Post his inspiration for the exhibit came after experiencing worldwide homophobia, specifically after same-sex marriage was legalized in France.
“The celebrities that I shot are heterosexual, but it was essential to me that you would believe these imaginary couples and families they portray were real,” Ciappa told The Huffington Post. “If you couldn’t identify with their love and feel it was real, then I would have failed.”
Ciappa has brought the exhibit globally to cities like Paris and Lima. He hopes to bring the project to display in the United States this summer.
View more photos from the exhibit on Ciappa’s website.