TOPOGRAPHIXX: Trans in the landscape (2011). Curated by Tobaron Waxman.
An international program of video art concerned with landscape, border, zone and territory, in a transgender spectrum. TOPOGRAPHIXX presents a number of short films and videos which engage a variety of geographies and sites both natural and urban with political and esthetic strategies that harken back to feminist concerns with landscape, while simultaneously pushing forward into new territories of transfeminist representation. These works are in synch with my thoughts and aspirations for curation of work by trans people as well as the cultivation of a more intersectional discourse around gender, border trauma, territory and power.
“…a crucial door-opening key was Tobaron Waxman’s curation of shorts, “TOPOGRAPHIXX: Trans in the landscape”. … the subtle poetic seduction of open bodies loving and becoming one with the landscape of a world-metropolis; urban and rural at the same time. Rather than present a dialectical opposition against the territory, TOPOGRAPHIXX envisions a new emotional strategy of bodies opening to the territory, inhabiting it. In this perspective a queer body can be the in/out gate of the political development of contemporary cities, putting at stake both the homonationalism through pinkwashing and the turbogentrifications afflicting areas defined “queer” in a Western metropolis.” Francesco Palmieiri aka WARBEAR, programmer/theorist, BaBel2 – Biennial of Critical Housing, Rome. (http://prettyqueer.com)
Mirha Soleil Ross “Allo Performance”