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Jasper GroenBy Jasper Groen
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Jasper GroenBy Jasper Groen
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About

Dear photo, art and queer lovers,

I ask for your support to print my photo book ‘Eric*’, about a transgender guy during coming out and transformation. It is an artwork, designed by an award winning studio, with different types of paper, fold-out pages and a hardcover with unique coating. Once the book is printed I will release free e-book versions to reach out to transgender youngsters and their families all over the globe. 

Rejected (Berlin, 2013)
Rejected (Berlin, 2013)

“A beautiful nuanced series that underlines the urgency of the matter.” — Anne Ruygt, curator of photography Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.    

My motivation

Transgender people often face challenges in their families, at work or on the streets. Rejection and discrimination are alas all too common, resulting in depression and a high suicide rate. And the number of murdered transgenders, mostly women, continues to grow every year. These facts are unacceptable. 

I believe most discrimination is the result of fear for the unknown. It is therefore important to make transgender people more visible, to create understanding and respect. My book 'Eric*' is an attempt to contribute to this visibility.
Numb I & II (Berlin, 2012)
Numb I & II (Berlin, 2012)
Features of the book

'Eric*' is not only a political statement. It is also an artwork, designed by the award winning studio Heijdens Karwei from Teun van der Heijden. He puts feelings in the centre of the design, with different types of papers (from fragile to firm) to reflect on the emotions of Eric throughout the process. The cover will have a ‘Braille-like’ coating to add an extra feel to the book. And Teun chose different fonts in the texts, to stress moods of Eric in another subtle way.  

The printed book has:

  •  a hardcover with special coating
  • 120 pages
  • 41 portraits 
  • 4 different types of paper
  • fold-out pages 
  • size: 20 × 24,4 cm (7.87˝ × 9.6˝). 
Acceptance (Berlin, 2013)
Acceptance (Berlin, 2013)

 Content

The story of Eric is told through intense portraits and fragments of letters he wrote me. Eric describes how his family dealt with his feelings. At first his parents were full of fear and rejection, but later they accepted him. Another topic is the complicated relation with his body.

The letters are sometimes desperate, sometimes funny, but always honest and without censorship. It makes the photographs come alive and the book becomes an open testimony about doubts, grief, (self) acceptance and growing self esteem.

“Wow! It's personal, and it's real. A great work.” — Fox Fisher, UK-transgender activist and filmmaker (My Genderation). 

Nail (Berlin, 2013)
Nail (Berlin, 2013)

Style of photography

The portraits are subtle and sober, taken by daylight in front of white walls. The focus is on the expression in Eric's face. I want to tell the story about his feelings rather than about his body during transition. This is also because transgenders often have to endure (too) private questions related to their body. Then again, I do not want to suggest anybody should be ashamed of their appearance, so a few photos do give hints about Eric's body.

“Jasper whispers in an era when everyone else is shouting.” — Erwin Olaf, photographer.

Without Binder (Amsterdam, 2014) Nr. 1/3 chosen by backer.
Without Binder (Amsterdam, 2014) Nr. 1/3 chosen by backer.

E-books in 5 languages

Aside from the exclusive print version I will release e-books versions of ‘Eric*’. They can be downloaded for free once the hardcover book is printed. At least five languages will be available: English, German, Spanish, Dutch and Russian. The books might help those who are still in the closet or parents who want to know more about the topic.

“To me the book was a role model and sort of like a mirror. I saw my future self while watching Eric's journey.” — Jeremy Roy, transgender in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Fragment of the Russian translation.
Fragment of the Russian translation.

Personal

The making of ‘Eric*’ has been a life changing experience for me. Work never became so personal. Not only Eric, but also other boys* and girls* from all over the world shared their stories with me and taught me about life outside the gender binary. I hope the project will contribute (even on microlevel) to the fight against fear and misunderstanding.

All donations count!

I am grateful for your help to make this book come alive — in print and online. For this matter even small donations are highly appreciated!

Thank you.

(scroll down for quotes by Eric, more photos and the rewards)

Happiness (Berlin, 2014)
Happiness (Berlin, 2014)

“I feel like there is this mass of people, like my parents, that just don’t know about us. They only need to see us and to understand we are human and that our needs and desires don’t make us any less valuable as persons.” — Eric, page 116.

Scar Pride (Amsterdam, 2015)
Scar Pride (Amsterdam, 2015)

The book

Publication package

 Available Polaroids

 “I feel I am in constant movement. Your pictures capture different states of mind in some kind of displacement. I choose that word over ‘progression’, because there is no final goal.” — Eric, page 81.

 

Risks and challenges

The shipment date of the book may change depending on the amount of orders. If this campaign generates more orders than anticipated production and shipment will take slightly longer. Keep an eye on updates of this page for more information.

Polaroids and prints with a limited edition follow the system: first order = first choice. You might be too late for your favorite. So you better order it fast.

Translation of the free e-books will be done by non-professional volunteers from the queer community, using their mother-tongue. They participate with dedication and love. However, some minor errors may reach the final translation of the book.

So far I can guarantee 5 languages for the free e-books. But obviously large parts of the world are excluded, for example in countries where they speak French, Portugese, Arabic or (let’s say) Swahili. Translators from missing languages are welcome to contact me if they are voluntarily willing to contribute.

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    Pledge €2 or more About $2.35

    — PDF version of the book is sent to you by email, after official launch. Languages: English, Russian, German, Spanish or Dutch.

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    — Hardcover book ‘Eric*’, signed by Jasper Groen. 120 pages. Size: 20 × 24,4 cm (7.87˝ × 9.6˝).

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    Pledge €70 or more About $82

    — 2 hardcover books ‘Eric*’, signed by Jasper Groen. One for yourself and one to give away. 120 pages. Size: 20 × 24,4 cm (7.87˝ × 9.6˝).
    — Exclusive postcard. Size: A6 (10,5 × 14,8 cm / 4.1˝ × 5.8˝).
    — Dedication by Eric inside both books (optional).

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    Publication package (see photo on this page).

    — Photobook 'Jeffrey'. Released in 2006 and soldout in 2010. Last copies from Jasper Groen’s library. 48 pages. Size: 24 × 16 cm (9.44˝ × 6.29˝).
    — Photobook 'Finding Emo'. Released in 2008. Collaboration with Dutch photographer Martijn van de Griendt. 88 pages. Size: 24 × 16 cm (9.44˝ x 6.29˝).
    — Hardcover book ‘Eric*’, signed by Jasper Groen. 120 pages. Size: 20 × 24,4 cm (7.87˝ × 9.6˝).
    — Set of three different newspapers featuring the series ‘A Portrait for Breakfast’, in Amsterdam, Berlin and Buenos Aires.
    — Exclusive postcard. Size: A6 (10,5 × 14,8 cm / 4.1˝ × 5.8˝).
    — Dedication by Eric inside book (optional).

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    Pledge €275 or more About $323

    — A photo from the campaign introduction, chosen by you. All in a limited edition of 3. Size: 20 × 30 cm (7.87˝ × 11.8˝).
    — Hardcover book ‘Eric*’, signed by Jasper Groen. 120 pages. Size: 20 × 24,4 cm (7.87˝ × 9.6˝).
    — Exclusive postcard. Size: A6 (10,5 × 14,8 cm / 4.1˝ × 5.8˝).
    — Dedication by Eric inside book (optional).

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    — A Polaroid photo from the gallery beneath the campaign introduction, chosen by you. All originals, in a single edition. Size: 10,3 × 8,8 cm (4.25˝ x 3.4˝).
    — Hardcover book ‘Eric*’, signed by Jasper Groen. 120 pages. Size: 20 × 24,4 cm (7.87˝ × 9.6˝).
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    Pledge €500 or more About $587

    — Visit studio of Jasper Groen in Antwerp and get a photoshoot. Jasper will talk about photography and give you 6 photos from the shoot. Travel expenses not included.
    — Hardcover book ‘Eric*’, signed by Jasper Groen. 120 pages. Size: 20 × 24,4 cm (7.87˝ × 9.6˝).
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    — Visit + photoshoot + private dinner.
    Visit studio of Jasper Groen in Antwerp (max number of 2 people) and get a photoshoot following a private dinner. Jasper will talk about photography and give you 6 photos from the shoot. Travel expenses not included.
    — Hardcover book ‘Eric*’, signed by Jasper Groen. 120 pages. Size: 20 × 24,4 cm (7.87˝ × 9.6˝).
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    — Signed photo of cover photo book (Pupation IV), exclusive single edition. Size: 60 × 90 cm (35.43˝ x 23.62˝). On fine art Baryta paper.
    — Hardcover book ‘Eric*’, signed by Jasper Groen. 120 pages. Size: 20 × 24,4 cm (7.87˝ × 9.6˝).
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    — Signed photo (Nail), exclusive single edition. Size: 60 × 90 cm (35.43˝ x 23.62˝) . On fine art Baryta paper.
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    — Signed photo (Without Binder), exclusive single edition. Size: 60 × 90 cm (35.43˝ x 23.62˝). On fine art Baryta paper.
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    — Signed photo (Happiness), exclusive single edition. Size: 60 × 90 cm (35.43˝ x 23.62˝). On fine art Baryta paper.
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    — Signed photo (Scar Pride), exclusive single edition. Size: 60 × 90 cm (35.43˝ x 23.62˝). On Baryta paper.
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