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Becoming: A Gender Flip Book
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With Becoming, artist Yishay Garbasz courageously explores one of society’s most taboo subjects – the unmaking of a gendered body and the creation of another. Garbasz courageously documents two years of the physical changes she underwent to change from male to female. With unprecedented honesty and directness, the artist photographed her body every week, chronicling its gradual transformation. Becoming’s flip book format makes visible and immediate time and its integral role throughout this process.
Yishay Garbasz was born in Israel in 1970 and studied photography in New York at Bard College. Garbasz’s photography explores issues of identity, agency, and human rights. She exhibits internationally and Becoming is a featured installation at the Busan Biennale in Korea during 2010. Her book In My Mother's Footsteps (Hatje Cantz, 2009) is a compelling journey through the places and spaces her mother traveled as a victim of the Holocaust and was nominated for the German Photo Book Prize as well as being exhibited internationally. Garbasz is currently based in Berlin.
Berlin-based British-Israeli artist Yishay Garbasz is no stranger to publicly documenting very personal journeys. In 2004, with camera in hand, she retraced her mother's movement through World War II concentration camps, photographing how these places look today in order to better understand her mother and herself. Liberated by British troops in 1945, Garbasz's mother survived her ordeal though she rarely discussed it. The resulting book, In My Mother's Footsteps, created a bridge of understanding between the two, and it also revealed to Garbasz how her mother's trauma had greatly affected her.
The process helped Garbasz better realize her own identity, part of which included undergoing a series of surgeries to transform her gender. Becoming brilliantly and bravely makes visible the stages of Garbasz's transformation with a flipbook format that includes two essays that frame the project in a cultural context.
About the Author
Yishay Garbasz was born in 1970 and studied photography at Bard College in New York. She is a Berlin-based British-Israeli artist whose work delves deeply into social and political issues of identity, agency, human rights, and the construction of gender. She has exhibited widely in solo shows in galleries, museums, and photography festivals around the world. Becoming will be installed as a zoetrope with 28 images in the 2010 Busan Biennale in Korea. Garbasz’s In My Mother's Footsteps (Hatje Cantz, 2009), a riveting contemporary journey through her mother’s survival of the Holocaust, was nominated for the German photo book prize and exhibited at Wako Works of Art, Ronald Feldman Fine Art, Norderlicht fotofestival, Chiang Mai Museum of Art, and Tokyo Wonder Site.
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