Friday Late at the V&A: Screenprinting workshop about gender

2nd February 2017

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2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality. Owl and I held a talk at January’s Friday Late at the V&A. Amongst some incredibly diverse photo exhibits, cut & paste mayhem and refreshments, you get to rove around the museum after-hours.

Our talk was a continuation of a talk and print demo I did a few years ago, at the Tate Modern, in the Surrealist section, for Transpose.

First we looked at objects and how we apply a gender to them.

Then, in a demonstration, I attempt to re-masculinise Owl, the object, but end up objectifying more than changing their gender. After all, gender is a self-identify and cannot be fully imposed.

I later print words onto wood at specific points, as we take turns to share experiences growing up and ending up at the same point, defining as non-binary.

At the end of the talk, I gave the art on wood away.

Thanks to William Walsh for documenting this talk and a whole album of images from the event can be located here. Thanks to Ink Spot Press too.