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Gender and Identity in the 21st Century
Gender and Identity in the 21st Century
Gender and Identity in the 21st Century
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Façadomy: Gender Talents

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Façadomy's inaugural issue, Gender Talents explores the landscape of self-determined gender. It builds off the work of progressive sexologist Esben Esther P. Benestad, who has observed seven distinct genders in their practice as a therapist in Norway. Three prominent voices in contemporary art and architecture reflect on these seven themes, intersecting gender with notions of race, sexuality, power and the built environment.

Andreas Angelidakis

An architect and curator based in athens, Angelidakis imagines each gender through avatars which take the unlikely form of buildings and esoteric furniture.

Spread from "Intersex" by Andreas Angelidakis
Spread from "Intersex" by Andreas Angelidakis

Kimberly R. Drew

Influencer and founder of the blog Black Contemporary Art (AKA @museumammy), Drew pairs each gender with a contemporary artist's work, conjuring notions of blackness with a wit that is progressive, cool and direct.

Spread from "Female" by Kimberly R. Drew
Spread from "Female" by Kimberly R. Drew

Juliana Huxtable

A New York based artist and writer, Huxtable's texts reveal coercive norms and marginalized desires as she inhabits each gender in poems that read like the gospel of an all-knowing sentient being.

Spread from "Eunuch" by Juliana Huxtable
Spread from "Eunuch" by Juliana Huxtable

Why Support?

Gender Talents makes a complex and urgent subject accessible without dumbing it down. Supporting this campaign funds the mass production of Gender Talents and helps to proliferate a deeper understanding of gender in the 21st century. Knowledge is the only weapon we have against the adversity and violence that people outside of the gender majorities face on a daily basis. This reality only worsens when it's compounded by sexuality and race. Slogans and buzzwords are an important part of activism, but can only serve as the gateway to rich political ideas that warrant further consideration from curious minds. Gender Talents exposes the process of three dynamic thinkers as they make their way through a constellation of self determined gender. They offer vivid metaphors that have proven to be an effective learning tool, and make for a pleasurable and stimulating read for anyone interested in the subject. 

The preview edition

All of the cute supporters of Issue Zero
All of the cute supporters of Issue Zero

I funded the preview edition of Gender Talents out of pocket, and launched it at the NY Art Book fair, alongside PIN—UP magazine, back in September 2015 and sold out all 100 copies that weekend. It was an amazing experience and I walked away with a lot of new friends, requests from stockists, distributors and individuals all over the world, but no books and no budget.

Added features

Façadomy has become more comfortable in it's own skin. The full edition launches a dynamic re-design with features like a glossary of terms where contributors can unpack some of their subjective vocab and an afterword written by Dr. Esben Esther P. Benestad.

New imagery—including a newly commissioned photo essay of Lina Bo Bardi's SESC Pompie building in Sao Paulo shot by Gui Mohollem. 

A selection of photos shot by Gui Mohallem
A selection of photos shot by Gui Mohallem

Even if you were one of the 100 supporters to get a copy of the preview edition, the full edition comes correct with a rich new world to explore.

The Object

Gender Talents features 80 pages of original writing. The publication is 5.25" x 10," a proportion that resembles both a smart-phone and a map. The perfect-bound book is printed on a paper stock that has a high-gloss lustre on one side and a matte, uncoated surface on the other, making the reading experience tactile and dramatic. The offset lithography printing includes an emerald green spot color throughout.

Rewards

$25 (Plus shipping): 
One copy of Gender Talents

Cover rendering
Cover rendering
 

$50 (includes shipping)
One copy of Gender Talents PLUS
3" Gender Hacker Pin

 

$50 (includes shipping):
POLITICAL PARADIGM SHIFT MAILING

 $50 (includes shipping):
• Façadomy "3L33T" tote
• One copy of Gender Talents

"3L33T" tote
"3L33T" tote

$100
Limited edition 12" x 24" poster featuring Intersex text by Juliana Huxtable, SIGNED by the doll herself. 

Silkscreened edition of 30 on transparent latex with grommeted corners
Silkscreened edition of 30 on transparent latex with grommeted corners

$150: Stockists Special
• 10 copies of Gender Talents

$200 (includes shipping): 
X5 POLITICAL PARADIGM SHIFT MAILING

 

$200: Super Deluxe Version
• Façadomy "3L33T" tote
• One copy of Gender Talents
• Huxtable poster edition

$1000 (includes shipping):
X30 POLITICAL PARADIGM SHIFT MAILING

 

Risks and challenges

This project is an ongoing experiment but if the success of the preview edition is any indication, the risk here is pretty low. I've got quotes from printers lined up and the design is complete. It's ready to send out as soon as funding is received.

I hope you'll consider donating :)

My very best to you,
Riley Hooker

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