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Visible Bodies is a transgender community arts initiative.
Scott Duane
Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
United States
1 Team Member

Visible Bodies: Transgender Narratives Retold - Twin Cities

We believe it is important to subvert the common narrative told about trans* people through mainstream media and popular culture. Visible Bodies is about trans* voices telling trans* stories. Oftentimes, the common narrative contains images and stories that are over simplified and stereotyped. Our goal is to show the diversity, complexity, and beauty of our community. 

This project is empowerment. We are making space for people to hear trans* voices and see trans* bodies. 

What We Do

Visible Bodiesis a trans* community art initiative.  Every participant in our project has had a photo or video 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 or video.

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.  

Where We Started

Visible Bodies began as a student project at the University of California, San Diego. The goal was to create a body of work that would make the campus LGBT Resource Center more welcoming to trans* students. The response to the San Diego project was overwhelmingly positive. You can see samples of the press through the following links: Advocate article, Huffington Post.  

What We Need

We need $4000 to realize the full potential of this project. Here's the breakdown of where the money will go:

  • An 11x14 print will cost us $7 and the matte and frame will cost us $42 so your $50 donation will allow for one printed and framed photo and story to make it into the exhibit.
  • Total, we are hoping to include 40 narratives in this project.
  • 40 narratives will cost approximately $2000 to exhibit.
  • Our photographers and other artistic collaborators plan to put in at least 150 hours to make this project a success. We would like to pay them at least minimum wage. This will cost approximately $1200.
  • The remainder of the funds will go towards rewards, shipping costs, the indiegogo fee, and promotional costs. 

Stretch Goal - $5000

  • If we exceed our goal, we will launch a guerrilla posturing campaign to reach a wider audience.
  • We would also really like to pay our photographers and artistic collaborators more than minimum wage.
  • The more money we raise, the more narratives we can include in the project.
  • Extra funds will be filtered back to the national Visible Bodies organization to launch projects in other cities.

Make a Difference

Your donation will empower the trans* community and educate those outside of the community. Help us make it happen.

Other Ways You Can Help

  • Trans* and interested in modeling? Visit our website and fill out an interest form!
  • Share this site on Facebook, via email, word of mouth, phone calls, twitter, tumblr, put it on your holiday wish list…GET THE WORD OUT!
  • Want to help organize? We need help promoting, writing grants, fundraising, framing, and all the other things that go into making this project happen. Email visiblebodiesmpls@gmail.com to get involved.

Who We Are

Visible Bodies: Twin Cities is made up of Queer volunteer organizers in Minneapolis/St Paul. Some of the organizers involved are:

  • Adja Gildersleve - an empowered brown&queer activist/videographer shooting for Justice.
  • Garrett Drew - a trans and queer academic, organizer, and rabble-rouser.
  • Jie Wronski-Riley - a student, photographer, and community organizer.
  • Rebecca Lawrence - a queer professional photographer and community organizer.
  • Sara Watts - a trans female, grad student in mental health therapy, and community organizer.


*trans - We utilize this umbrella term to include people who identify outside of cisgender identities.

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raised by 74 people in 2 months
102% funded
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Verified Nonprofit
$4,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
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This campaign ended on February 17, 2014
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  • $50USD
    Poster and an 8x10 Print

    Our sexy Visible Bodies poster designed by Ethan Turcotte AND an 8x10 print of a Visible Bodies model (amount over $15 is tax-deductible)

    8 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $100USD
    Poster and an 11x14 Print

    Our sexy Visible Bodies poster designed by Ethan Turcotte AND an 11x14 print of a Visible Bodies model (amount over $17 is tax-deductible)

    6 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
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