Takashi Nakamura’s exquisite line drawings celebrate the quiet moments in life. (See more)
Transgender Elders Show Us the Meaning of Survival, pt. 1 (click here for part 2)
For many trans people, representation can be difficult to find, and often one-sided: depicting trans youth but not trans elders. It’s like we don’t have a future, an adulthood, a middle age, an old age. It’s like we just stop. Supporting our young people is important, but we need to show them we have a future, too.
As photographer Jess Dugan explains on her website, “those [representations] that do exist are often one-dimensional.” Dugan set out to fill this representational age gap, teaming up with social work researcher Vanessa Fabbre since fall 2013 to develop the evocative photo project, “To Survive on This Shore.” In the recently released collection, diverse trans elders ages 50 to 86 are pictured at home or in meaningful spaces, gazing unapologetically into the camera, as if asking the viewer to look deeper into their unique context and life story.
this is amazing,and fills me with hope
where is the lie
Cymbidium Still Life - Laura Jones
Australian , b.1982-
Oil on linen,
It’s been my experience that viewing art that empowers, versus art that dehumanizes you/representations of “you”, is a difference that can be felt immediately & viscerally.
Part of why I post European art is because most Americans have been physiologically trained to value that art style or origin (through education, media exposure, and cultural contexts given), but to devalue representations of people of color.
It’s been my observation that this either resolves or creates a conflict in the viewer, and which of those it does depends on who the viewer is.
Seeing a positive and (in this context) valuable representation of a person who is not white creates a conflict in a white viewer only if they’ve built their entire sense of self and identity in the idea that ONLY white people can have value, history, dignity, and other traits they associate with these artworks. This is an identity and value system based entirely in exclusion, and who is NOT allowed to “claim” what they view as “cultural accomplishment.”
However, for someone who is living the conflict of wanting to value your identity as a person of color, BUT is surrounded by white supremacist values and representation, seeing an artwork like this:
might help to resolve an existing conflict between valuing the self, and living in a culture that only values a particular art style and a specific manner of presenting it.
Certainly this conflict doesn’t exist for everyone, but I know that it did for me. Also, this work is certainly Eurocentric, and it truly gladdens me that more and more people are looking outside the sphere of European and Eurocentric art and creating art archives like East Is Everywhere, which centers Asia and the Middle East, other ways of viewing early modern and classical antiquity global cultures or intercultural interactions in the work of Dr Caitlin R Green, and focus on interdisciplinary diversity and individual perspectives at the margins of the field at The Medieval Middle.
Art has always affected my life, the way I feel about myself, and the society I live in. Researching and looking for artworks that might fall outside the narrative my culture has pushed onto me has been incredibly freeing and inspiring to me personally, and it’s my hope this information can find its way into the hands of anyone who might be able to benefit from it.
Today on June 30th 2017 the parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany votes in favour of same-sex marriage.
Celebrating Eid al-Adha, Lagos, Nigeria
Your sexuality, your rules. Your body, your choices. ✨
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