Arts

Anthony Luvera's She/Her Hers/Herself coming to Belfast Exposed

Sarah, November 2022 from She/Her/Hers/Herself (2017 – 2022) by Anthony Luvera

BELFAST Exposed will present a new exhibition from artist Anthony Luvera next month.

Opening on Thursday February 2, She/Her/Hers/Herself explores one individual's experience as they navigate their transgender identity. The exhibition will be the culmination of a five-year collaboration between Luvera and a participant named Sarah Wilson.

The work charts wide-ranging changes in Sarah's life, as she establishes a career as a beautician, passes a series of personal milestones and lives day-to-day while learning to express her true self.

Through a combination of photography, audio-visual and installation, Luvera's work is an emotive, sensitive portrait of life and lived experience.

While covering an issue that has seen a significant amount of media coverage in recent years, She/Her/Hers/Herself is first and foremost the exploration of a highly personal experience.

"At the heart of She/Her/Hers/Herself is an ongoing conversation between Sarah and me about the importance of positive representations of trans people," comments Luvera.

"Individuals who identify as transgender are amongst the most marginalised and misunderstood

people in our society. By collaborating with Sarah to co-create a depiction of the changes which have occurred in her life since coming out, I see this work not only as a representation of one individual's experience of their trans femininity but as a reflection on the way cultural influences can more broadly shape and determine the expression of gender and identity."

:: She/Her/Hers/Herself runs from February 2 to March 18. See belfastexposed.org for more information