Kieran Butler in collaboration with Samuel Beatty, Sabella D'Souza, Dileepa Dayananda, Emma Size & Matthew Varnay
Rainbow Bois and Magical Gurls is about where the personal histories of LGBTQIA+ people intersect and speak with the histories of photography. The works created for this exhibition are born from conversations about the performance of photography and gender, re-imagining photography's existence as a non-binary medium, and lived experiences of forming and expressing individual identity. Through the lens of transgender studies lived experiences of gender non-conforming people - specifically experiences relating to practices and philosophies of drag, magic, reading and passing - are applied as a framework for understanding contemporary photographic practice and the ways photography and gender can be simultaneously lived and performed.
By paralleling the personal histories of five gender non conforming individuals, histories of photography, drag and magic, Rainbow Bois and Magical Gurls aims to highlight the inequalities that exist within these respective discourses, and to contribute to a recalibration of cis-homo/hetero-normative social constructs.
Kieran Butler (b. 1992, Nowra, NSW, Australia) is an emerging photographic artist of Mauritian Decent. They work across moving and still image, object, and installation. Currently their research looks at applying transgender studies as a methodology for examining non-binary models of contemporary photographic practice, gender identity, and where these two histories might speak to one another. Kieran currently lives and works in Sydney, Australia.
IMAGE | Kieran Butler, And they, Sugar Boi, came out from a day dream (gurl-boi-burl-goi), 2017, detail, twin size doona cover, digital print on silk | Courtesy of the artist.