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Art Exhibit: Visibility & Remembrance

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Visibility & Remembrance: Standing with the Trans* Community

Art Exhibition curated by the USF Department of Women's & Gender Studies and the USF Women’s and Gender Studies Alumni Group (UWAG) 

Dates of Exhibition: November 17, 2021 - April 1, 2022

Location: Virtual Exhibit and the USF Department of Women’s and Gender Studies (CMC 202)

Hours: Appointments are necessary to visit the in-person exhibit during the fall semester; appointments are available here. Spring semester hours will be announced in January, 2022.

About: Visibility & Remembrance: Standing with the Trans* Community is an international art exhibit that centers trans* people as it invites artists to create and submit work that stands in solidarity with the trans* community. The exhibit runs from November 17, 2021 to April 1, 2022; these dates were chosen to honor two annual international events – Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20) and Transgender Day of Visibility (March 31).

The exhibit celebrates and makes trans* people’s experiences more visible as we seek to combat their exclusion and erasure from various aspects of society, while we also remember the courage and resilience members of the trans* community have shown in the face of various institutions and systems of oppression. 

Visibility & Remembrance asks artists to reflect on the experiences, representations, identities, and/or politics of being trans*. The thirty-one artists selected for the exhibit reflect a diversity of perspectives and experiences from nine countries – Canada, France, Germany, India, Nigeria, Poland, Switzerland, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Their work includes two-dimensional and three-dimensional art, film, and poetry.

If you have questions about the exhibit, including late artwork submissions, email Sarah Jünke.


Upcoming Events:

Kalki

The Power of Art in Social Change: Conversation with Kalki Subramaniam
Visibility & Remembrance Art Exhibit Speaker Series
January 18, 2022 at 6:00pm EST
This event will take place virtually through Microsoft Teams
To register, visit Eventbrite

"The Power of Art in Social Change" is a lecture with a poetic performance and presentation by Kalki Subramaniam, a celebrated transgender artist and activist from India. Kalki will speak about how, as an artivist, she has broken stereotypes and continues to establishing social acceptance in India by encouraging transgender persons to get involved in activism through art and performances.

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. Her recent book, We Are Not the Others, is available through Amazon.

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
Transhearts
Wall of Kindness

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

Kalki Subramaniam's artwork is included in the WGS art exhibit, Visibility & Remembrance: Standing with the Trans* Community, which runs from November 17, 2021 - April 1, 2022. The exhibit can be viewed in-person in WGS by appointment and online in our virtual exhibit.


From the Olympics to Personal Fitness: A Conversation on Decolonizing Sports with Dr. Katrina Karkazis and Roc 
February 8, 2022 at 6:00pm EST
This event will be held virtually through Microsoft Teams
Part of the WGS Visibility & Remembrance Art Exhibit Speaker Series and WGS Anti-Racism Series
To register, visit Eventbrite.

"From the Olympics to Personal Fitness: A Conversation on Decolonizing Sports" invites you to attend a discussion on topics in sport that are not always critically engaged (e.g. the erasure of trans athletes from sport institutions and the unequal scrutiny professional athletes of color face). Insofar as the humanities speak to universal human concerns, this conversation seeks to embrace inclusion as we decenter traditional representations in sport. There will be an opportunity for audience questions.

Dr. Katrina Karkazis is a cultural anthropologist and bioethicist who examines medicoscientific beliefs about gender, sexuality, and the body. Her first book, Fixing Sex: Intersex, Medical Authority, and Lived Experience explored controversies over medical interventions for people with intersex traits. This was followed by research and advocacy on “sex testing” of elite women athletes. Her latest co-authored book, Testosterone: An Unauthorized Biography was published by Harvard University Press. A Guggenheim Fellow and member of the Institute for Advanced Study, her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the American Council of Learned Societies, and has been published in Science, BMJ, and The American Journal of Bioethics, among others. She was an expert witness in Dutee Chand’s successful appeal of World Athletics’ testosterone eligibility regulations at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne Switzerland, consulted with Caster Semenya’s team prior to her hearing at CAS, and has worked with the UN, Human Rights Watch, and other NGOs on this issue. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, Wired, the New York Review of Books, among other outlets.

Roc is a cultural worker and founder of Rooted Resistance, a grassroots practiced-based community committed to reimagining movement and physical activity for transgender, gender non-binary, intersex, and queer people in the U.S. South. Movement outdoors is our form of refusal to commercialized notions of the body and an imperative intergenerational space that curators a growing and emancipatory relationship with our bodies, each other, and the land. Roc is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department on Sport Management at Florida State University (traditional and ancestral territory of the Apalachee Nation, the Muscogee Creek Nation, the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida, and the Seminole Tribe of Florida) with a focus on physical cultural studies and Black Trans* bodywork as a site of sport pedagogy. Roc’s studies are concerned with unsettling “sport” through understanding how histories of land, power, sugjugation, and colonialism interact with bodies (human and non-human) in sport and physical cultural spaces. Most importantly, Roc’s interest is in the ways that Black queer and trans* folk construct and produce placemaking spaces that tends to collective Black life through human movement. You can read Roc’s first published co-authored piece in the Journal of Communication & Sport titled, "“That’ is Terrible News!”: Media Framing of Mamba Mentality Within Contemporary U.S. Racial and Gender Politics."

Funding for this program was provided through a grant from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Meditations on Blackness and Gender Nonnormativity: A Lecture and Conversation with Professor Marquis Bey
February 24, 2022 at 6:00pm EST
This event will be held virtually through Microsoft Teams
Part of the WGS Visibility & Remembrance Art Exhibit Speaker Series and WGS Anti-Racism Series
To register, visit Eventbrite.

Professor Marquis Bey will deliver a public lecture on the convergence of blackness, transness, and black feminism via the Black Radical Tradition. Bey will offer a meditation on blackness and gender nonnormativity in ways that recalibrate traditional understandings of each, ultimately, calling for attendees to recognize and increase their capacity for allyship across racial and gender divides.

Dr. Marquis Bey is Assistant Professor of African American Studies and English, and faculty affiliate in Critical Theory and Gender & Sexuality Studies, at Northwestern University. Their work focuses on black feminist theory, transgender studies, continental philosophy, and abolition. The author of multiple books, Marquis's most recent publications include Black Trans Feminism, to be released in February 2022, and Cistem Failure: Essays on Blackness and Cisgender, to be released in September 2022, both with Duke University Press.

Funding for this program was provided through a grant from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Additional events for the Visibility & Remembrance exhibit will take place beginning in January, 2022. Featured speakers will include Dr. David Rubin.


Artists in the V&R Exhibit

Abinaya

Abinaya (India)

Augustine

Karen Miranda Augustine (Canada)

Blackledge

Al Blackledge (Florida, USA)

Collins

Conor Collins (England)

Cruit

Danielle Cruit (Florida, USA)

Dr. Evilletown

Dr. Evilletown (New York, USA)

Flores

NM Flores (Florida, USA)

Gujar

Monika Gujar (India)

Javaloyas

Alejandro Javalojas (France)

Maca

Kristina Maca (Germany)

Majumder

Puspa Majumder (Florida, USA)

McCusker

Mac McCusker (Pennsylvania, USA)

Midhani

Rory Midhani (Germany)

Parhar

Sukhy Parhar (Scotland)

Pearson

Lee Pearson (Florida, USA)

Prema

Silky Prema (India)

Rambha

V. Rambha (India)

Ramesh

S. Ramesh (India)

Ramota

Bakare Olamide Ramota (Nigeria)

Reichert

Raphael Reichert (Switzerland)

Rupakala

A. Rupakala (India)

Santhiya

P. Santhiya (India)

Sellers

Christopher Sellers (Florida, USA)

Stenzel

Annett Stenzel (Germany)

Subramaniam

Kalki Subramaniam (India)

Tobias

Marlon Tobias (Florida, USA)

Varriar

Saji Varriar (India)

Wing

Chloe Wing (England)

Ziomkowska

Erwina Ziomkowska (Poland)

Zlatar

Ally Zlatar (Scotland)

ZMC

Eye (Florida, USA)

Avery McLeod

Avery J. McLeod (Washington, USA)