Visible Bodies: Transgender Narratives Retold

A unique intersection of art, activism, and personal empowerment.
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Scott Duane
Community
San Francisco, California
United States
1 Team Member

What We Do...

Visible Bodies is a transgender community art initiative.  Every participant in our project has had their photo taken in a way that represents their gender or transition -- whatever that means to them.  In addition, each participant has written a short personal piece as a caption to their photograph.

Our goal is to provide a platform for trans people of all different walks of life to tell their stories. We seek to empower our own community, and educate people outside of our community.  

Thus far, all photography has been done by Wolfgang, an ally to the transgender community who produces work of the highest quality.

 

Where We Started...

Visible Bodies began as a student project at University of California, San Diego.  Our goal was to create a body of work that would make the campus LGBT Resource Center more welcoming to transgender students.  

In mid-2012, we opened the project to the larger San Diego community.  At our opening show in May 2013, we highlighted the stories of 31 transgender San Diegans. 

The response to Visible Bodies has been overwhelmingly positive.  Read more in the recent Advocate articleSan Diego CityBeat, San Diego LGBT Weekly, or City Times San Diego.  

 

Where We're Going...

The next step for Visible Bodies is to branch out to different cities.  Organizers in Portland and Minneapolis are eager to begin production on their own Visible Bodies projects.  

We also look forward to displaying the original Visible Bodies work in galleries in southern California and beyond.  We're working hard on a digitized version of the project, which will allow us to take the work farther and wider.

 

What You Can Do...  

As a grassroots project, our funding comes entirely in the form of donations like yours.  Any amount of money you can give will help fuel this incredible phenomenon.

For more information, go to our website, http://visiblebodies.org.  If you'd like to get involved as a volunteer, participant, or organizer, contact us at VisibleBodies@gmail.com.  You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/VisibleBodies.

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    Snail Mail Thank You

    The Visible Bodies producers will send you a personalized thank you card for your contribution.

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    Small Personalized Print

    Receive a signed 5x7 print of your favorite Visible Bodies photo. Caption included as well. A limited selection of our participants are providing this service -- email us at VisibleBodies@gmail.com for details.

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    Receive a signed poster sized print of the photo and caption of your favorite Visible Bodies participant. A limited selection of our participants are providing this service -- email us at VisibleBodies@gmail.com for details.

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