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Gender Studies - Bettina Rheims

Bettina Rheims - Publisher Steidl - Ouvrage relié - 80 pages - Text in Bilingue Français / English - Published in 2014

Twenty years after Modern Lovers, a body of work on androgyny and transgender created when AIDS was at its peak, Bettina Rheims now presents Gender Studies. In the light of current controversial debates on gender theory, Rheims’s models display remarkable courage by questioning, modifying and celebrating their identities.

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Model 9783869308029
Artist Bettina Rheims
Author Bettina Rheims
Publisher Steidl
Format Ouvrage relié
Number of pages 80
Language Bilingue Français / English
Dimensions 333 x 250
Published 2014

She writes: “Yesterday, on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, I was strolling along the Seine trying to reach the right bank. Paris was full of police cars blocking access to the bridges, while masses of people, “normal families,” were rushing towards the center of town. They were carrying aggressive banners displaying homophobic and racist statements, and refused to acknowledge the existence of “gender theory.”

Three years earlier I had placed an ad on Facebook encouraging young men and women who felt “different” to contact my studio. We received dozens of replies, from all over the world, like faraway calls wanting to be heard. It was my aim to show them and give them a voice—to acknowledge them. They came to the studio, exposed themselves shyly, and I photographed them just like that.”

In the light of current controversial debates on gender theory, Rheims’ models display remarkable courage by questioning, modifying and celebrating their identities.

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