“The Underrepresented” is a photographic series that speaks of the current state of Hate Crimes against Trans and Gender Diverse Community living in Australia.
In 1999 I started gender transition from female to male, in that same year the first ever documentary of a transgender person brutal murder was shown at the Sundance Film Festival called “The Brandon Teena Story”. Fast forward 20 years to 2019, Australia has officially only counted Two Hate Crimes against Transgender and Gender Diverse People. The lack of record keeping, biases in our legal system and the misgendering at death has compiled this issue. Showing the ever-present issues of discrimination, vilification and violence that lays at the heart of living Transgender and Gender Diverse in Australia.
Transgender and Gender Diverse People are the most marginalised group of our society. We face in our visibility, a constant everyday threat for living differently.
During childhood I found friendship in art, it was my way to make sense of the world that I never felt included. It became my voice that spoke about my diversities and lived experiences.
Today, after 44 years I have walked many miles to become the person I am. I am now proud of all my histories as a lesbian, woman, man, transgender, gay and including the person I stand before you today – as queer non-binary identified person.
Over the last 5 years I have had the amazing opportunity to return to University in pursuit of developing my art praxis into a voice for advocacy, awareness, and pride for all diversities. Using my personal story, I use own body(ies), histor(ies) & lived experiences to disrupt the viewers understanding of sexuality & gender. I do not try to resolve any questions evoked, instead I spark a conversation between the viewer and I.
Stemming from popular culture and sociology my work’s informed by various Artists & Theorists who explore performativity, sexuality and gender. I am influenced by Amanda Lepore, David LaChapelle, Judith Butler, Jack Harbeston & Nadia Lee-Kohan.
A HUGE thanks to all the models involved.
DR IVAN GROZIER (Academic, Writer & Historian)
JO POLE (Gender Non-Binary Performance Artist)
PLUTO SAVAGE (Gender Non-Binary Performance Artist)