Why Transitional States?
The development of Transitional States has been a labour of love. A lot of hard work, but undeniably worth the time and effort that has gone into its creation. With the video art exhibition and public programme launched, I have been asked why hormones and why such a strong focus on trans issues? Of course, that’s not all the programme is about, but the overriding link across everything is hormones. Broadly speaking, half of the videos contained in exhibition explore trans issues while the other half focuses on the medicalisation of women’s bodies. So, let me begin with hormones. I work as a historian and my research has involved looking at how different forms of medicine has impacted people’s sexual lives in many different ways. From the 1920s to the 1980s, hormone research, human experiments and ‘treatments’ were widespread in many Latin countries. I am documenting this work, but I also wanted to...Continue Reading