Two weeks ago I appeared in a major Dutch newspaper; in an interview about cruising in the gay scene as a transman. All of the text was carefully and correctly constructed, with much emphasis on sex-positivity. I got a lot of positive responses, but also a few dumb ones and those are the ones that linger. I was annoyed by one person who claimed I had no love in my life, since the whole article is about dates that are purely focused on sex. But of course I actually talk to the guys I date. Connections do get made. And besides my cruising lifestyle I still fall in love, with both men and women and any other sex or gender or non-gender… In fact: the search for true commitment and a deeply meaningful connection with someone else is my main quest, and my biggest pain.
Here is a whole new series I did about that, and how affection causes the biggest of anxieties. These are things that make me blue (hence the blue ink).
Continue reading “Art: Anxious Love Series”
This entire month I’m doing something incredibly fun for you: I’m making a queer advent calendar!
Swipe open a little door on my instagram account and get a new surprise every day!
I’m not roman catholic (my italian father was) but I do love me some sentimental rituals, and queers need more of those.
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Deze zondag opent mijn nieuwe bescheiden expositie.
Minder dan een maand na mijn eerste solo tentoonstelling in Nijmegen, nu met geheel ander, iets minder seksueel expliciet werk.
Attentie: het werk is niet geschikt voor mensen met fragiele masculiniteit!
Kom het patriarchaat verpletteren in een relaxte setting; de vroege bezoeker krijgt gratis prosecco bij de opening deze zondag 2 december, vernissage om 18:00h.
De expo-muren zijn in veganistisch restaurant De Peper, toegankelijk via de hoofdingang achter de poort, dan door de twee buitendeuren de gang en daar dan de eerste linkerdeur.
Facebook event hier.
Adres: Overtoom 301, Amsterdam.
please call after 15:00 h. on the day you want to eat dinner, to make a reservation:
General Information: www.depeper.org
My new exhibit is opening this Sunday. Warning: my work can not be viewed by people with fragile masculinity!
Come and smash the patriarchy in a relaxed setting.
Free prosecco if you come early!
At: De Peper, Overtoom 301 – left door in the hallway.
“…Jiro Ghianni will be exhibiting comics as well as illustrations, that cannot be viewed by people with fragile masculinity.
Once a multi-media visual artist at the Willem de Kooning Academy and Massachusetts College of Art Boston, Jiro has been a prominent transgender activist and artist since the 90’s of last century. He was part of the feminist Zsa Zsa Zine collective, presented at the legendary Queers and Comics conference in New York and is now best known as the maker of “The Bosoms”: quaint transman comics about his breasts escaping the hospital. In De Peper all pieces are available for sale.
More of his queer art can be seen for free at instagram @thebosoms …”
Today is a big day for me. I’m having a solo art exhibit for the first time in over twenty years of art making. Times, and my own relationship towards time, have changed.
I am no longer young. Even though I’m not old. I am now no longer interesting just for being transgender. Even though transness is still seen as something exotic. These times are more conservative and less sexpositive and less prone to emancipate minorities in collective society, while at the same time social media is more sexualized than ever and has selfies seeking attention from this same global social collective. I feel less visible as an artist, even though instagram art and etsy shops are accessible everywhere.
This saturday at 13:00 I hope you will all join me in support of my talk in Nijmegen, my exhibit is still up until the end of the month.
UPDATE: the exhibit will be up longer: until november 14th!: Continue reading “Qtopia presentation”
My best trans/gender/queer animated film works
from the years 1998-2005 will be shown during the Qtopia Queer Arts Festival in Nijmegen. It is my first solo exhibit ever so this is major!
Additionally almost 200 episodes of my “Bosoms
” transman comics will be exhibited and… brand new uncensored photographic pieces, under the title “New hair in strange places
My photographic work is very, VERY explicit.
On October 13th I will talk about the ‘new prudishness
’ of the institutionalised times we are living in; and why I made these hard core nudes. It’s a dramatic story of intrigue, censorship, art-money and disconnected communication.
Initially I made these photos with an idea of transitioning in mind; it’s mostly about how I felt it was a very alienating experience to suddenly get all this hair in unexpected spots all over my body. Some of my hair growth is ridiculous. And I find it interesting how my fellow trans people never talk about how disconnecting the whole transitioning actually is: you get further away from your body before getting closer. But since the public response has been quite strong against my nakedness, it eventually became an art piece about how we never see different types of bodies in depictions of powerful beauty.
Continue reading “Expo Jiro Ghianni retrospective: video art, comics and new photography”
I really need money.
So please buy my new zine!
Come and drop by at this incredibly fun (and still slightly professional) event in Amsterdam: the XXX comic Stripclub, where a huge range of Amsterdam comic artists will perform and present and you can touch actual real books!
Perhaps one day i will also have a real book out, like a real adult:
Continue reading “Bosoms Zines deluxe @BAUT XXX Stripclub”
Everything is happening all at once: this month I will be exhibiting my work in THREE art shows.
First one that is coming up will be ‘Pakjekunst‘ – inspired by the German ‘Kunstautomate’. In this nationwide project a whole bunch of cigarette machines will be spread around the country and filled with tiny boxes of real art, no bigger than the size of a cigarette pack.
I will be exhibiting 20 completely new pieces: abstract experimental comic books. This brings me back to how I started out in art originally, as an abstract painter. Each book contains hand-painted and hand-drawn abstract stories of 8 pages each, where a shape starts out as a complete whole, then gets into a formal crisis and eventually explodes and disappears. Because Life is entropy. For only 4 euros you can buy yourself a pack with real art! Pull that vending machine handle!
All booklets have a title with the word ‘Pain’ in it. So there is “Triangle pain”, “Square pain”, “Circle pain”, “Shape pain”, “Line pain”, “Gender pain”, “Sex pain”, “Wonder pain”, “Virtual pain” and “Wisdom pain”.
All of the works are signed with my name Jiro Ghianni and an autograph.
Kunstuitleen site and info
Facebook page for Rotterdam artists is here.
Opening event in Rotterdam 21-22-23 september.
Here are some excerpts from six of the booklets: Continue reading “Exhibit: Pakjekunst september 21-22-23”
Not a cartoon this time, but a drawing: it’s some kind of love letter. Showing the only way I know how to love: weirdly.
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Other news: I will be exhibiting completely new work soon: photography! Never done that before. My work is part of the Qtopia Festival which will be opening on september 29th in Nijmegen.
It will show a retrospective of my video art, my comics and new explicit photography of my transmale nudes in a photo series called “New Hair in Strange Places”.
Continue reading “Love Letter Drawing: “I admire your spit””
Big news today: In the new International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), transgender is no longer considered a mental disorder. In the words of the World Health Organisation: “…[transgender] is classified under sexual health conditions. This should reduce stigma and improve care.” *
A very big deal.
I am one of those trans people who thinks (knows) being trans is not a disease, nor is it something I wish I wasn’t born with. It’s just diversity of the human form, that’s all. It certainly gave me the incredible opportunity to live two completely full lives from dramatically different perspectives.
I know being trans is not the same as being gay, since being gay doesn’t mean you need to get some form of medical treatment in order to “reach the gayness” which is often very different for transgender and otherly gendered people who might be in need of bodymodification.
Well, I say: hurrah, bring out the alcoholic beverages, so we can get Parkinson’s and get a chance to get classified as drunk into a whole other section of the ICD!
* The WHO has just announced the beginning of a new phase, focused on implementation and assessment at country level, presented for final approval at the WHO Assembly in May 2019.
Drawing the Times is a platform where committed graphic journalists and cartoonists worldwide publish works that inform, entertain, engage and challenge readers on global issues and local stories. Four times a year Drawing the Times does a Special on a specific topic, like Climate Change and Human Rights. This march 2018 it’s all about “Sex & gender”. They published my work about sexual harassment, documenting my own personal experiences with how harassment is performed within differently ‘gendered’ spaces throughout the plethora of my sexual endeavours.
My fellow former Zsa Zsa Zine colleague Maia Matches is also in the same Special. She’s such an awesome and untouchable talent!
Other former members of Zsa Zsa Zine that have been published on Drawing the Times before are Mas Hab and B. Carrot.
View more here: http://drawingthetimes.com/specials/sex-gender/