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Exhibit: Pakjekunst september 21-22-23

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:

“Pakje Kunst® is een initiatief waarbij kunstenaars uit Rotterdam Noord onder de aandacht gebracht worden door de verkoop van unieke kunstwerken ter grootte van een pakje sigaretten uit een oude mechanische sigarettenautomaat. In een doosje kan je iedere kunstvorm tegenkomen. Je trekt een Pakje Kunst voor €4,- uit de automaat, die in het kader van Blik in de Wijk Liskwartier te vinden is bij café Ollie op de Rodenrijselaan. Pakje Kunst is een initiatief van Ro-Nalt Schrauwen, beeldend kunstenaar uit Tilburg en geïnspireerd op de Duitse Kunstautomat.”

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Love Letter Drawing: “I admire your spit”

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.
(Scroll down for the full illustration text).

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””

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#273 Needs more mental

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.

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Drawing the times: Sex & Gender issue

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.

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#244 Sketching for the kids

This is a post from 2015 that never got published. Mostly due to my depression than ran all the way through in 2016 (not a good year for any of us). But here it is:

Everybody who knows me, knows that I love kids, if they are over the age of 21… I usually avoid any human being born before the year 1995 however I was super stoked about having received a commission from Rutgers WPF/Sense and the top gay youth magazine of the Netherlands: ExpresZo.
In their april/may 2013 issue they had an extra insert called ‘Trans&Zo’, focusing on trans people – including a short interview with me and also a full page cartoon, guest starring the bosoms! It was distributed widely all over the Netherlands.

The assignment was thus: “Help, we suddenly need a full page illustration within one week. The subject should be something about the LGBT coalition in a playful and funny way. Why are we talking about LGBT? What do LGB and T have to do with each other? What do they have in common and what not? Which prejudices are there about LGB towards T? In which are they the same and where do they overlap? Do LGB’s overlap amongst each other and perhaps also with T? The idea is that your cartoon should make readers (both LHB and T) stop and think.Continue reading “#244 Sketching for the kids”

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The domestic art of Halloween

It’s been more than a year since I did a comic. Offline I have announced I officially quit being an artist. After trying for 19 years it’s just not worth it anymore.
So now what?
Not-being-an-artist doesn’t quite yet have that true identity ring to me, but I’m slowly creeping towards a resolve. I think my main art is ‘being domestic‘ right now.
Like: this Halloween I went dressed as a ‘home for the elderly’, because that’s the scariest thing I can think of. I painted varicose veins on my arms. And I baked cookies for friends: such as bleeding unicorn corpses (uni-corpses?) and fist-fucking-hands cookies. This is normal to me. Continue reading “The domestic art of Halloween”

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Comics class: art in relationship

Jump to:
– Comics class week #1 (this post)
Comics class week #2
Comics class week #3
Comics class week #4
Comics class week #5

Me and my Bosoms have been apart for over six years now. And I’ve had my ups and downs in art, with some occasional exhibitions, some publications and I attended a legendary queer comics conference in New York, but I’ve had very little continuity in the course of things.
Luck has had it I stumbled upon an online academic course on comics. For some reason I decided to apply for it and I’m finally starting to really enjoy drawing again. I have zero discipline so the fact I’m actually paying premium for this is stimulating me to DO it. And I am learning! I had no conscious idea about stuff like time-and-space, text-to-image and panel-to-panel relations. I think I’ll be posting some of my coursework on this blog, so you’ll have something to enjoy.

This course is an initiative by Continue reading “Comics class: art in relationship”

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New drawings resolutions

Happy 2016 to all you Bosoms’ fans out there! Jiro’s new years resolutions are:
– draw more often
– draw less Bosoms
– develop an actual style by trying to draw less realistically and more ‘lumpy’ or wobbly
– draw better perspective, anatomy, crosshatching, composition… Meaning: draw more realistically.
I see a paradox here.

PS addition to the posted drawing below:
“Our new electric car comes with 1000 rechargeable AA batteries”
You must use the brand-name batteries that come with the car. No generics. When they’re depleted, you have to buy a new car of course.


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New alternative

I’m developing a new drawing style so please bear with me and forgive my visual inconsistancies.
And yippee: One of my new comics has been published in Amsterdam Alternative newspaper magazine!
It’s in Dutch but you might still be able to figure out what it is about,
(click the circles to enter galleryview):

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Knik magazine (What if series #5 and #6)

Get Knik magazine, because my work has been published in it. On their website as well. Or don’t get it. In fact, don’t get anything at all. Or do whatever you deem fit.
So for local Amsterdam Knik magazine I’ve made 2 comic strips. Knik is a music zine and I don’t think I’ve ever made anything about music, which is odd because music is the one art form that really connects to emotions in the most direct way. I did once device an album for the Bosoms, but that’s it. With these new comics I’m adding more to my new ‘What if…?’ series.

Here’s a clickable slideshow of the comics and a scan of the magazine:


Exhibiting the F-Word

fword2015posterArt opening tonight. I nearly forgot about it. But I made my worst art of the past 20 years, so don’t come and watch mine but come and see the work of others:
DRAWING OUT OF THE BOX // feminism in comix
2 til 12 October

This year as part of the F-Word; a fantastic feminist festival: an exciting and well, FANTASTIC exhibition will take place exploring feminism in comix.

This exhibition aims to bring a variety of feminist voices together, to create a visual platform of political as well as personal themes touching on the complexity and at times absurdity of our daily lives in a patriarchal society.

We want present comix makers with an opportunity to present work in a space which is open, free and inclusive. And to enjoy some good comix of course!

The work will be shown all around the festival spaces, as well as outdoors!

Alongside the exhibition we will print a zine / publication which will be available during the show.

Grand opening: October 2nd, 8pm, in the Occii (Amstelveenseweg 134, Amsterdam)