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On behalf of Professor Kenta Asakura of Carleton University’s School of Social Work and our talented team of trans* youth artists, you are cordially invited to the art exhibit opening party for ‘Trans Genre,’ held on Thursday, August 30that allsaints’ event space (10 Blackburn Ave) from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Light refreshments will be served and the exhibit will be open to the public from August 30th to September 6th at allsaints’. This is a knowledge mobilization activity from the arts-based research project on promoting resilience among trans* youth and trans* representation, funded by the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (PI: Kenta Asakura, Collaborator: Youth Services Bureau).

‘Trans Genre’ showcases the work of 5 local artists who, over the past year, have developed critical, creative works that reconsider the popular representation of trans* folks and offer dynamic, expansive, and profound understandings of trans* identities and experiences. In 1991, trans theory pioneer Sandy Stone suggested that the trans body is a genre in and of itself, “a set of embodied texts whose potential for productive disruption of structured spectra of desire has yet to be explored.” The artists of ‘Trans Genre’ reflect on the experience of moving through the world in ways that, as described by Stone, “productively disrupt” traditional terms of social and bodily engagement.

A note on accessibility: Due to heritage building anomalies, attendees who require wheelchair accessibility should contact Jess Lundy (email below) ahead of time to discuss options based on your accommodation requirements. Should you have any further questions or concerns, kindly email Jess at jess.lundy@carleton.ca

We look forward to seeing you there!