"SUBJECTIVE PANORAMA OF THE HISTORY OF TRANS-PHOTOGRAPHY
The Eyes questions cultural and societal evolutions through the prism of photography and creation and gives carte blanche to experts directly concerned by the subjects addressed.
For this eleventh issue, The Eyes team invites artist-researcher SMITH and performer and curator Nadège Piton to sketch a subjective panorama of the place played by photography in the construction of the (trans)gender. The Eyes #11 questions the place played by photography in the recognition of transidentity.
“A carte blanche around the question of gender in photography”: such was the invitation that brought us here today. What should we do with this question? How are we to match up gender and photography, two conceptual titans linked and interwoven in so many ways? What “gluon” secreted by this wide-ranging reflexion would aggregate our outlooks and experiences to deliver a diagnosis, an assessment, a panorama?” – SMITH & PITON
Supported by texts by the philosopher Paul B. Preciado and the critic and art historian Élisabeth Lebovici, the magazine explores a diversity of perspectives around photography, gender, and transition; a flood of authentic and touching testimonies, which disturb the stereotypes of the genre, delivered by artists such as Cassils, Juliana Huxtable, Gabriel García Román, Laurence Philomène, Annie Sprinkle, Del LaGraceVolcano, Shu Lea Cheang, Sébastien Lifshitz…
This Transgalactic issue highlights a constellation of works and books by trans and/or queer artists who have marked and inspired SMITH and Piton in their respective personal and artistic journeys.
Within the magazine, these portfolios take the form of a transgalactic journey, in an artistic galaxy that includes four systems: PHAINO (omen), PHOSPHOROS (reveal), DIAPHAINO (transpire) and ANAPHAINO (illuminate). Named after declensions of φῶς (phôs), which in ancient Greek means light, the emergence of these new narratives composes new points of view, from the prism of the singular identity experience of their author.
To be published in November, this eleventh edition wants to retranscribe as faithfully as possible the reality of transgender people, by giving a voice to artists directly concerned by the theme of transidentity.
Graphic design: Sarah Boris Studio
“Sexual minorities are always elusive, like phantasmagorical beings who escape the will of objectification that photography has always wanted to produce.” – Paul B. Preciado
SMITH & PITON Conversation
ÉLISABETH LEBOVICI Strategic optics or Optical strategies