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Deze IHLIA-tentoonstelling is in het Engels.

A photographic documentary by Julia Gunther

Chedino & Family is a photographic documentary about gender reassignment in South Africa.

Chedino and her friends are transgenders, fem gays, drag queens, and gay men. With her second exhibition at IHLIA, Julia Gunther presents a colourful insight into the daily lives of the LGBTI community in the suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa.

For more examples of Julia’s work, take a look at New Dawn, a website about contemporary Dutch photography (in Dutch).

Wil je meer weten over de tentoonstelling en Julia zelf? We hebben wat achtergrondinformatie op een rijtje gezet.

My Genderation

Naast de tentoonstelling over Chedino wordt er op het IHLIA-plein ook een documentaire filmproject in de videokast getoond: My Genderation. Dit naar aanleiding van het TranScreen Film Festival 2015. Meer informatie vind je als je op een van de tabs klikt. 

Vanwege TranScreen wordt op het IHLIA-plein in de videokast een doorlopend documentaire filmproject getoond dat draait om het vieren van gendervariatie: My Genderation.

Unieke, intieme en inzichtelijke films over transevenementen en individuen. Gecreëerd door transgenders, voor andere transgenders en voor een breder publiek. Geregisseerd, gefilmd en gemonteerd door Fox Fisher & Lewis Hancox (My Transsexual Summer, C4).

De installatie loopt tot 19 juli en is onderdeel van TranScreen: Amsterdam Transgender Filmfestival 2015.

Patchwork          My Genderation

Niet geheel toevallig vond tijdens de expositie Chedino & Family ook voor de derde keer het TranScreen Film Festival plaats. Het grootste transgenderfilmfestival van Europa waar kwalitatieve en uitdagende internationale filmproducties rondom transgenders en en genderdiversiteit te zien zullen zijn.

Van 3 t/m 7 juni waren in Rialto en filmhuis Cavia bijna 70 speelfilms, documentaires en korte films worden getoond die anders niet in de Nederlandse filmhuizen te zien zouden zijn. Daarnaast waren er lezingen, workshops, een kunstexpo en diverse feesten.

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“The definition of patience to me means having to put your life on hold and fight for what you want non stop even if it seems you are getting nowhere. That’s why I definitely think transgender people are the most patient people in the world”

Chedino Wessels

“My name is Chedino Wessels…

 

… and I was born on the 2nd July 1983 in Mowbray, Cape Town, South Africa. Life as a transwoman in South Africa has it’s ups and downs. I believe that you as an individual create your own happiness but just like we will never get rid of racism, us transwomen will never ever be free of discrimination. Growing up was 10 times worse for me than for the so called ‘normal boys’ because I never showed any interests in anything a boy was suppose to do – according to society.

 

Unfortunately for me I could only actively become the real me after I gratuated. I wanted an education so I studied enterpreneurship and small business management, but even in college I had to play the role of a boy. After my studies I had to look deep within myself and decide where I truly fit in. That was the difficult part because society didn’t see me as a straight woman although I looked and acted that way. I knew for a fact that I was not gay.

 

If you don’t have the money to pay for the sex reassignment surgery you’re put on a waiting list. I’ve been on that list for 15 years now. If everything works out I should get the first operation (out of three) by summer 2016. The waiting list is now even longer. Nowadays you have to wait 20-25 years for your sex reassignment surgery if you can’t pay for it. The definition of patience to me means having to put your life on hold and fight for what you want non stop even if it seems you are getting nowhere. That’s why I definitely think transgender people are the most patient people in the world.”