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Artist SD Holman’s photographic exploration of female masculinity: gallery show in Easthampton, MA + catalogue to enable future touring
Artist SD Holman’s photographic exploration of female masculinity: gallery show in Easthampton, MA + catalogue to enable future touring
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Kate Bornstein (author of My New Gender Workbook and A Queer and Pleasant Danger) on SD Holman and BUTCH: Not like the other girls:

"I'm a hard audience, especially when it comes to the art, politics, sexiness, and spirituality of gender, but SD Holman’s BUTCH: Not like the other girls blew me away. This is important work: images like these, in which folks beyond the gender binary are shown so powerfully fierce and sexy and beautiful and exactly who they are, are--as I'm sure you will agree--sadly rare. I’d love to see BUTCH: Not like the other girls travel – to New York, to San Francisco, and to all the little towns in between. Even in our great metropolises, there are too many young butches who have never been told they are handsome. I want those youngsters to see this work, and see butch through the eyes of a great butch who knows how to see and show. As a femme who loves butches, I’d love a copy of this work, not only for my bedside table, but to keep on hand to show a new generation of butches and femmes just how wonderful they are. In short, this is art that will save lives."

BUTCH: Not like the other girls explores the liminal (in between) space occupied by female masculinity in contemporary communities. Artist SD Holman delineates Butch not as oppositional to Femme and Trans identities, but as an inclusive site of resistance to limitations on the way women, gender, and sexuality are still defined. The images honour the mercurial beauty, power and diversity of women who transgress the gender binary (boys r masculine/ girls r feminine) - celebrating the transversal dialectic (celebrating debates that cut across categories {literally queer}) of female masculinity, unapologetic and undiluted.

BUTCH: Not like the other girls debuted 2013 in Vancouver, as public art in bus shelters and at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, where the show’s opening spilled out into the street for half a block, the largest in their 35-year history. The media around BUTCH: Not like the other girls went viral, with shares and posts from as far away as Germany and Denmark, and impassioned calls for the project to tour to other cities.

Touring costs money – which is why we (and hopefully you!) are here on Kickstarter. The first touring exhibition has been organized by Amiee Ross (one of the butches photographed) April 4-May 4, 2014, at The Mill Arts Project in Easthampton, Massachusetts (http://www.easthamptoncityarts.com/map). A collaborative project between Easthampton City Arts+ and Eastworks, MAP offers venue and publicity support, but pays no fees.

We’re asking for your help to fund:

• The BUTCH Catalogue, a book (approximately 80 pages, with 50 images) from the exhibition, with a preface by Canadian queer arts icon Persimmon Blackbridge. This is the best tool to interest galleries in other cities for more touring stops ⎯ plus it means you can see the show even if you can’t make it to an exhibition in person.

• Costs for bringing the BUTCH: Not like the other girls exhibition to the Mills Art Project in Easthampton, MA: shipping costs for the artwork, and travel for SD Holman to install it in the venue

This is an invitation for you to become a part of the BUTCH project! You'll join an exclusive group of members with access to updates from the artist, and the exhibition. By backing and sharing this Kickstarter project, you’ll not only be providing financial support for this exhibition, but helping develop an active audience laying the groundwork to bring BUTCH: Not like the other girls to your city too.

This work is dedicated to my beautiful wife Catherine White Holman, who was the biggest lover of butches I ever met.

“Female masculinity is a particularly fruitful site of investigation because it has been vilified by heterosexist and feminist/womanist programs alike: unlike male femininity, which fulfills a kind of ritual function in male homosocial cultures, female masculinity is generally received by hetero and homo normative cultures as a pathological sign of misidentification and maladjustment, as a longing to be and to have a power that is always just out of reach.” 

— J. Jack Halberstam, Female Masculinity

SD Holman is a photo-based artist who has exhibited internationally at galleries including the Advocate Gallery (Los Angeles), the Soady-Campbell Gallery (New York), the San Francisco Public Library, the Helen Pitt International Gallery, Charles H. Scott, Exposure, and Fotobase Galleries (Vancouver).

Holman defines as a non-commercial photo-based artist, a participant observer employing subjective conceptual documentary practice. Holman's approach to photography is conflicted and perverse, bringing gesture, hazard, and a painterly sensibility into this most technical of media. Hailed by Guy Warrington as "the best portrait photographer in Vancouver," Holman is also the artistic director of the Queer Arts Festival, a professional three-week multidisciplinary arts festival in Vancouver, BC.

www.sdholman.com

      

Risks and challenges

We have done our best to mitigate any potential problems which may arise. Once successfully funded, both the production of the catalogue and the exhibition at Mills Art Project will be on schedule. The only potential setbacks we foresee would be minor delays in scheduling; we continue to work on ensuring that this does not happen.

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    PIN UP BUTCH /// For your contribution, you'll receive an 11"x17" BUTCH poster, a digital copy of the catalogue, a signed postcard, and a thank you on SDHolman.com!

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    HARDBUTCH /// For your contribution, you'll receive a signed hardcopy catalogue, a 11"x17" BUTCH poster, a signed postcard, and a thank you on SDHolman.com!

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    ART BUTCH /// for your contribution, you'll receive an artist's proof from SD Holman, in addition to a signed hardcopy catalogue, a signed postcard, and a thank you on SDHolman.com

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    LIMITED EDITION BUTCH /// For your contribution, you'll receive a signed, limited edition 20"x24" artwork, signed and mounted. In addition, you'll also receive a signed hardcopy catalogue, a signed postcard, and a thank you on SDHolman.com

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    PHOTOBUTCH /// Have your portrait taken! For your contribution, you'll receive a personal photoshoot with SD Holman in Vancouver. In addition, you'll also get a hardcopy catalogue, asigned postcard, and a thank you on SDHolman.com

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