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.
The one thing I’d take with me if my house would catch fire.
When my mother dies I hope to be able to keep the plant alive that she gave me when I was a twelve year old girl.
It has seen and survived many things.
This drawing can be seen in my current exhibition this month.
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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 …”
If anything happens that’s outside of gender norms, fragile masculinity immediately deflates, so the base unit from the International Prototype of Manliness must be kept static and clearly defined at all costs.
Continue reading “Art: International Prototype of Masculinity”
Do you see it? The new lines? Here is some new work, in various shades of melancholia.
‘Spaghettivreter’: Forgotten racism – selfportrait as a greaseball.
When I was a little kid in the seventies, Italians were seen as primitive and a lesser type of human. My teacher in kindergarten literally said “foreign children are not as smart as Dutch children” Continue reading “Some new drawing styles”
There is a Fifth Dimension and, if you’re lucky, it’s fabulous:
This year my work got censored at my very first solo exhibit. One of the conditions said explicitly that ‘bestiality’ was not allowed, which immediately made me think of the classic piece The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife that would be deemed inappropriate here. I’m still wondering if there is more censorship in queer art than in straight art, since I’ve never been confronted with such conditions before. The festival I was part of got money from a fund that explicitly mentioned bestiality and pedophilia as prohibited from the art + my cute not-very-scary Bosoms comics were banned from a theatre. I’ve never been so confused.
The theatre wanted to exhibit my work, but not the explicit stuff. I never got a chance to discuss this with them. I was planning to be totally willing to give in to them – which means I would have censored myself! But the festival just moved me elsewhere (again with problems). My next expo is in a restaurant; and i’m already in a panic about what to show.
The Dutch are not as openminded as they think. All I can say after this ordeal is: I’ve been looking for ways to make my work MORE explicit, not less.
Here’s new work I made. Like it, subscribe to my instagram, share, or pay me: