peeing and standing (2018)
35mm film, inkjet prints, plywood, wood, fishing line, 12ft x 12ft
Queerness exists everywhere, but it is often pushed to the margins of society, outcasted and legislated against. This project aims at centering queerness, creating a safe space to center queer visibility and representation. This photographic installation, created by a trans woman of color, features portraits of queer youth around the United States.
During a time when trans visibility is at an all time high, representation in media is often fixated on stories of transition, and the novelty that goes along with that. This work attempts to subvert those common, voyeuristic narratives by expanding representation to include the simple, complex, everydayness of humans who are queer. Doing the everyday, playful and non-sensationalized, is an act of defiance. Existing outside the gender binary is inherently political in our society and thus deteriorating the violent European gender binary.
This work creates an imaginary world where queerness is the normal, where queerness is what is visible, where queerness is unapologetically present. This installation is first and foremost for queer folk, for us to see each other and find comfort in community. However it is also for straight cis folk to enter a world that isn’t about them, to find discomfort and understanding through that uneasiness – ultimately to walk away with some realization that the world not only does not revolve around them, but also that it is way more complex than they realize.
Lewis & Clark Senior Show – Arnold Gallery - Portland, OR., funded by Student Academic Affairs Board Grant