Exhibit Page Five

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Artists included on this page: Chloe Wing, Kalki Subramaniam, Annett Stenzel, Mac McCusker, and Al Blackledge.

Veils and Walls by Chloe Wing (England)

I feel it is important to humanise transpeople as a great deal of focus is on their physicality, appearance, and biology. My work is Expressionistic and emotional to highlight the humane and personal experience. Through my work I want to represent struggle, shame, fear, embarrassment, self-consciousness and pain, yet at the same time resilience. Emotional and mental wellbeing are things that are so necessary as we live in a society where there is so much expectation especially placed upon our image. For transpeople this is an extra pressure as they are very much judged on their ability to fit into the binary idea and image of the world. My work exposes this social pressure of fitting in, but also to try and take ownership of our bodies, humanity, and dignity more. By obscuring my appearance I am saying it is not okay to judge and scrutinise transpeople in this way. It is not okay to reduce us to just our surfaces, but to say we are also feeling, soulful, characterful, experienced, and layered, complex human beings just like anyone else.

I use my paper cutting to express the inside outwardly. Art is something internal and can bloom outwardly when made tangible, and this reflects so beautifully how we all are at the end of the day, someone inside being someone outside. Although my work contains a great deal of hurt, essentially it is about inner strength, hope, compassion, and a celebration of what transpeople have to go through everyday in order to find basic autonomy and peace within.

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Chloe Wing: My Arts background is quite eclectic as I have studied fashion design, songwriting, performance arts and I have an MA in Fine Art from University of Arts London. I feel now I am at a stage in my work where I have been revisiting these things separately and would like to now combine them all to create a more holistic and idiosyncratic art form. My work has always been Expressionistic and cathartic and it acts very much as a diary and narrative. I also feel that the unexplainable spirituality of art is just as important as the intellectual and conceptual side of it. My works look at the value of the emotion, everyday psychology, the individual relationship with their community, and most importantly the relationship with the self.

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Don't Tell That To Me by Kalki Subramaniam (India)

Poem and illustration originally published in We Are Not The Others: Reflections of a Transgender Artivist, a 2021 book by Kalki Subramaniam.

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Kalki Subramaniam is a transgender artist, activist, actor and writer from India. She founded the Sahodari Foundation for the empowerment of transgender population of India. Sahodari Foundation which has trained more than 200 transgender artists. Through the Red Wall project and the Transhearts project, she supports and livelihood of the transgender community and also trains them as activists.

Kalki creates artworks that are vibrant, colorful and creates pop art and surrealist artworks which are mainly portraits of humans. Kalki primarily uses vibrant fluorescent acrylic paints to create large artworks. She mostly paints portraits, faces that inspire and influence her. She also uses different mediums of paints to create vibrant portraits that express the versatility, beauty and emotions of queer and trans figures. She has received numerous awards for her artistic contributions and for her community art projects. She has exhibited her artworks in art shows in India, Canada, USA, and the Netherlands. She has participated in solo and group shows.

She founded the following projects:
Sahodari Foundation
Red Wall Project
Wall of Kindness

She founded the following Art and Film Festivals:
India International Spiritual Art Festival
India International Short Film Festival

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a´ (Silence Song) by Annett Stenzel (Germany)

The short film I shot in 2018 includes the wide range of different perspectives of women.

(Part of a film project called Silence Song, which shows within experimental narratives different views on individual women who have in common to free themselves from violent structures.)

[Update 4/2/22: To view this video, contact the artist.]

Annett Stenzel is an award-winning, Germany-based international film artist with a focus on music and feminism. She has a diverse education in arts having studied Picture Room Object Glass at the Burg Giebichenstein in Halle, painting at the KHB Weißensee in Berlin, and Film at the HFBK in Hamburg as well as at the Beaux-Arts in Paris, and media art at the Royal Art School in Copenhagen, with a high interest in gender, language, culture, and philosophy. She had fellowships by Erasmus, Hamburger Kulturstiftung, and Promos, 2021 the Cine Fine award and 2011 the award of ZOB, Exhibited Artworks in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Denmark, Germany, Korea, Poland, USA and showed additional her flms at Film Festivals in Italy, Spain, and Portugal. She works and lives in Hamburg, Germany.

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Parenthood by Mac McCusker (USA)

Parents have no specific gender. Our bodies should not be spectacles. This is a portrait of my friend Sebastian, parent of 2 amazing children. Having a loving parent is what matters most.

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Mac McCusker: I am a transgender ceramic artist. While being trans is not a choice, being visible and therefore vulnerable is. I do not neatly fit into a box. 

I am a Ceramic Artist. My work is hand sculpted, wheel thrown, and slab constructed. I work with many different clay bodies including stoneware and raku. Pieces are fired in raku, gas reduction, or electric kilns. 

In my work, I am addressing the inequalities, prejudices, and fears of otherness that people do not understand. The bathroom laws targeting transgender people are promoting those fears and injustices. These laws promote discrimination against gay, bisexual, transgender, genderqueer, and intersex people. It catapults transgender individuals into the spotlight and forces their private lives into a public dialogue. These preconceptions of trans and gender non-conforming persons are why I have put myself on display despite my discomfort. It has become my own mission to both educate and inform through my work.

I use humor in my work to make it approachable and relatable to a less informed audience. I incorporate my story and portrait into the ongoing narratives surrounding transgender individuals. It is an effort to place myself and others like me onto a broader platform where identity can be discussed and amplifies the voices of those of us whose lives are affected by stigma and stereotyping. It is my opportunity to control my own narrative and tell my story using clay as media.

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Binary by Al Blackledge (USA)

This piece consists of only two colors, pink and blue, the “typical” colors that represent male and female sexes. Being trans can often lead to being questioned on whether or not you are MTF or FTM. But there’s so much more than that with fluid genders in and outside the binary. So I wanted to use the medium of watercolor so that while the paint was wet it would allow the two colors to blend and create new shades and color - representing how being trans isn’t exclusive to the binary of female and male.

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Al Blackledge is a 27 year old queer non-binary disabled artist from Tampa, Florida. They’ve been creating both as a hobby and professionally for most of their life. Abstract painting and cartoon illustration are some of their favorite forms of creating. They aspire to make art their full time profession and to continue making pieces that represent their experience as a queer nonbinary trans person.

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