Trans community celebrated with new international art exhibition at USF


The international art exhibition “Visibility & Remembrance: Standing with the Trans * Community” aims to fight against the exclusion and erasure of transgender people from society, while recalling the courage and resilience of the community in the face of systems of oppression. Open to the public on November 17, the exhibition can be viewed in line or by appointment at the Multidisciplinary Complex (CMC) of the USF College of Arts and Sciences on the Tampa campus.

Organized by USF’s Department of Women and Gender Studies and its associate alumni group, 31 submissions from around the world were selected, presenting diverse perspectives and experiences through art, film and poetry. in two and three dimensions. Trans, non-binary and allied artists representing Canada, France, Germany, India, Nigeria, Poland, Switzerland, United States and United Kingdom, reflect on experiences, representations, identities and politics of being trans.

“We believe in the power of art to affect social discourse,” said project coordinator Sarah Jünke. “The past few years have seen an escalation in misinformation and attacks on the rights of transgender people, and we hope the exhibit can help change that. Through the voices in this exhibit, we hope to make the experiences of trans people more visible and foster solidarity between trans people and their allies.

Lee pearson, in her fourth year of studio art and double major in Chinese language, is one of five USF students whose work is featured in the exhibition. Pearson came out as trans in his early teens, but said they were surrounded by strong pressure for gender conformity and, due to fear, disconnected from their trans identities until recently. two years. Pearson is actively pursuing her identity and beginning her transition, but still faces challenges like her many other gender nonconforming peers.

“We have very little precedent for living the trans identity with so much public attention to us,” said Pearson. “The future is almost entirely unexplored, and very few of us know how to continue. If, by some miracle, we manage to escape the gender binary, others still have the constant need to categorize and understand, to organize trans existence and to enclose it in something pleasant, coherent, sympathetic.

Pearson’s exhibited work, SUMMER WAR (I), is one of a series of prints inspired by their re-introduction to the world as outwardly androgynous. The work explores “easily recognizable archetypes that have been reduced to a more pleasant and consumable language than we speak today – for example, the transformation of the Judeo-Christian angel since conception, compared to the way we let’s understand the pictures of it now, ”Pearson said. “The perception that we ascribe to others in relation to ourselves can be extremely valuable, and it can also be easily turned into a weapon. Over time, this perception becomes an object that can be manipulated; one day, perception can replace you.

SUMMER WAR (I) was made using the intaglio technique called drypoint engraving, in which the artist uses a specific type of needle to engrave a surface, such as a plate of copper, rubs ink into the sculptures, then prints on paper with a press.

The exhibit runs until April 1 to honor Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20 and Transgender Visibility Day on March 31. Visiting hours are by appointment only until spring.

The opening reception and the inauguration Artists in conversation the event will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams. Throughout the duration of the art exhibition, supporting events will be added to reinforce and develop the same themes and topics.

  • The Power of Art in Social Change: Conversation with Kalki Subramaniam
    • January 18, 6 p.m. EST
    • Co-sponsored and funded by the USF School of Art and Art History, the USF Office of Multicultural Affairs, the USF Department of Sociology and the Sahodari Foundation.
  • Decolonizing sport: conversation with Dr Katrina Karkazis and Roc Rochon
    • February 8, 6 p.m. EST
    • Co-sponsored and funded by the Florida Humanities Council.
  • Conference and conversation with Dr Marquis Bey
    • February 24, 6 p.m. EST
    • Co-sponsored and funded by the Florida Humanities Council.


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