What Makes This Image Trans?
Trans bodies are trans-formed into sites of visual narrative production through social and mainstream media. While this can create a space for the positive reflection and construction of trans experiences, it can also (re)produce oppressive norms regarding how trans people should look, feel and act.
This collectively curated exhibition features works by trans photographers of varied experience from across the East Midlands in response to these issues. The photographs were produced in the context of a series of online workshops run by the artist Raju Rage in collaboration with Notts Trans Hub’s Isaac Scott Briggs and Nat Thorne, trans photographer Oskar Marchock, and developer Lou Hazelwood. These workshops took place in late 2019 and spring 2021, and were centred around the lived experiences of trans people; exploring how trans people chose to construct and share their own narratives and relationships to both internal landscapes and public spaces through photography. Built upon conversations around agency and intimacy, and all the ways these collide and collude, participant photographers collaboratively responded to the dialogues generated through online discussions, navigating embodiment, empowerment and the personal politics of both. The work produced showcases the everyday glory of trans experiences.
This is a Radar event and is part of the Bodies of Knowledge project. You can find our more about the exhibition and this project on the Radar website. There will be an online discussion event to accompany this exhibition on Tuesday 25 May exploring the politics of Trans representation.
Photo credit: Isaac Scott Briggs