I know it’s been an unfeasibly long time since my last post, for which I make zero apologies. It’s partly because I’ve not had a proper computer (and updating the site on a phone is a bloody nightmare) and partly just because I’ve been focusing on making things rather than promoting them (as well as working non-art jobs).
But now there are exciting things that I need to tell you all about.
Firstly I am part of an exhibition at the People’s History Museum in Manchester called ‘Continuum: Framing Trans Lives in 21st Century Britain‘. It is an exhibition of around 15 trans and non binary artists from across the UK which will be running until the start of september, and is organised by Artmob, a new collective supporting and promoting trans artists. I have done some sculptural pieces based on my Man Cunt paintings, but they have sprouted animal body parts like mythical chimeric beasts. I haven’t had a chance to see the work up as I couldn’t make the opening last week, but I’m going to be heading down there this weekend for a Meet The Artists event, where you’ll be able to hear me along with other trans artists talking about our work.
This is an installation which I am facilitating as part of the Trans/Forms exhibition of transgender artists at Hamilton House, to mark Transgender day of Remembrance which takes place every year on November 20th. Visitors are invited to write the name of a transgender person who lost their lives through transphobic violence and add it to the piece. Through this I hope to give people a way to honour those departed as well as to encourage people who may not know much about the issues affecting transgender people to engage with the issue of transphobic violence.
Here is what I wrote about it for the exhibition:
Transgender day of remembrance is held on November 20th every year. On this day across the world people hold vigils and memoral ceremonies for transgender people who have lost their lives through transphobic violence in the last year. As part of this a list of names is compiled, using news sources from around the world. This year the number of names is 271, with most being trans people of colour.
I invite you to partake in helping create a memorial to these 271 individuals, as well as those who are unnamed who’s deaths were never reported, those who’s trans identity was erased after their death and those who took their own lives.
It was the opening night of the Trans/Forms exhibition last night, and what a wonderful night it was! We had intense and beautiful live art from Raju Rage and exciting and celebratory drumming from Afon Sistema, which took us out of the gallery and through to the canteen to entertain unsuspecting punters. The co-created memorial for transgender day of remembrance had a good start on it, and is looking really beautiful. It’s great to see my Man Cunt paintings framed and on the wall for the first time,
and I was very excited to see Ludo Foster’s beautiful, subtle drawings and Rachel Green’s bright and bold sculptures alongside each other. Altogether it’s so great to see such an eclectic mix of amazing work by trans people altogether in one place!
I’m so grateful to all the people who believed in the project and supported
it, and I’m so happy that we were able to manifest such a powerful and beautiful thing. Thank you to all the artists for being willing to show themselves through their work, to CoResist who I worked in collaboration and who worked out a lot of the practical stuff, to the coexist gallery managers for being so accommodating, and to my friends and housemates for putting up with me for the last week.
This is the first time I’ve done something like this and I’ve certainly learnt a lot, there are a lot of things I’d do differently at future events. I’m very open to feedback, it would be really great if people could let me know what they think works/worked well and what could be improved and I’ll strive to accept feedback with grace and not take it personally (unless it’s from someone being transphobic in which case they can fuck right off).
Buy tickets for the fundraiser on the 13th here or at the Hamilton House reception
For more information visit the Trans/Forms facebook page or find us on Twitter @TransFormsBrist
Friday November 13th will see the launch of a series art, performance and music events over 10 days at Hamilton House in the run up to Transgender day of remembrance, now in it’s 18th year, with 8 groups and individual artists coming from across the UK.