Trans Representations: Non-Binary Visual Theory in Contemporary Art, Photography
Trans Representations: Non-Binary Visual Theory in Contemporary Art, Photography is a visual studies approach to contemporary photographic self-representations made by trans and non-binary artists across a variety of photographic approaches. Building on theories of intersectionality as forwarded by scholars working in the lineage of feminist visual theory this project brings together the fields of photography theory, art history, gender studies, transgender studies and critical race studies, to asses the impact of these works on the constitution of identity categories, art practices, visual culture and art discourse.
Borrowing from cultural studies methods forwarded by Stuart Hall I discuss works across a variety of media to investigate the question of in what ways are trans-self-representations reshaping identity categories and how are these works and their artistic practices challenging and reshaping contemporary art and photography. This project looks at four distinct photographic projects produced by trans sand non-binary artists across a variety of media in efforts to apprehend how via visual culture trans and non-binary image makers are intervening in the trans visual field. For as Stuart Hall argued it is in the visual field that ways of being in the word are proposed contested and negotiated.