HEN | BEX DAY
Curated by Sandrine Servent, Mina Raven and Co-Curated by William Esdale, BKN
1- 7 April 2019
Hen is an anthropological study on the fluidity of gender, and an exploration into the lasting impact societal restrictions concerning sexual identity and gender roles have upon us. Day investigates how gender stereotypes have affected the transgender community and asks if the modern day feminist movement has had a resonating impact on how we define gender - and if as a society we should. Hen translates in Swedish as the gender neutral personal pronoun, the equivalent to ‘they’ in English. Transgender is an umbrella term and includes those who have transitioned from male to female, female to male, and those who identify as non-binary which is explored within the works.
Featuring 40 subjects over the age of forty, Hen tells the personal stories of those within the community, and the common themes of loss and discovery that unite them throughout their journey. An all-encompassing, empowering study of individuals within a social group on the fringes of society, the exhibition shows both the light-hearted and the disquieting moments they experience.
Universal, relatable moments of isolation, self-acceptance and the resilience of the human spirit are told through personal stories and intimate photographs. Given a platform, the subjects find a voice, a sense of pride, and for some, the motivation to come out to family and friends.
When viewed in the context of the individual the notion of gender becomes difficult to define, and it is through this ambiguity that Hen essentially questions how we as a society define gender, sexuality, and the inherent problems in these alienating classifications.
Powerful, enlightening, and at times bittersweet, Hen serves as a monograph for the older generation of the UK’s trans community.
Hen is sponsored by Chan Photographic Imaging and Old Blue Last beer and have partnered with Stonewall Housing, an LGBTQ+ charity Stonewall Housing provides the only specialist housing advice, advocacy and support service for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) people of all ages. They work to ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* people live in safer homes, free from fear, and where the community can celebrate identity and support each other to achieve full potential.