Tuesday 16 June 2015

GI’s Anatomy: Drawing Sex, Drawing Gender, Drawing Bodies

GI’s Anatomy: Drawing Sex, Drawing Gender, Drawing Bodies
Anna McNay and Jay Stewart

Anna McNay is a freelance art writer and editor, based in London. She is Arts Editor for DIVA magazine and Deputy Editor for State Media.  Anna has reviewed many LGBT exhibitions, including those in which this review’s case studies have participated and has authored the review elements in this piece.

Jay Stewart is co-founder of Gendered Intelligence. He holds a PhD in Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths College, University of London.  Jay convened the GI Anatomy project and is author of the factual project information.

GI’s Anatomy: Introduction

In spring 2013, thirty transgender and intersex people participated in a series of practical life drawing workshops in London programmed by arts based organisation, Gendered Intelligence, in collaboration with life drawing tutors from London Drawing.[i] What made these art classes distinct was the fact that the models posing also identified as transgender and/or as having an intersex condition. The models had a range of body types, some of which were visibly identifiable as transgender or intersex, some not. The project aimed to engage the participants with complex ideas around sexed and gendered bodies that pertained to their own life experience. Throughout the project, the participants interrogated the ways in which scientific discourses and practices have come to shape our understanding of non-normatively sexed and gendered bodies.

To read this article in full, please see: http://tsq.dukejournals.org/content/2/2/330.abstract

[i] See genderedintelligence.co.uk and http://www.londondrawing.com/. This project was funded by the Wellcome Trust as part of their arts award.

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