If you haven’t been following me on Instagram, you’ve been missing out. I’m seriously doing the inktober thing every day, and I feel it’s a very good exercise to try and come up with original ideas and to practice different drawing styles. I’m hoping that after this month I wil do another and another and another, with just different prompts every day.
Today I posted a Bosoms adventure. My initial thought was: what if one day hate-crimes are over? What if nobody gets bullied or beaten up anymore? In such a world I guess swollen eyes will be a luxury, a fashion statement. But this comic came out differently, and looks more like a critique of the times we’re living in. Which is easier to swallow for the public I think. I’m expecting my initial joke is too much part of the weird universe in my head.
No one will understand that.
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 everywhere.
This saturday at 13:00 I hope you will all join me in support of my talk in Nijmegen:
With this exhibit I’ve created my own retrospective – because no one else did. I’m actually quite proud to see I’ve made over 45 minutes of animation in the past twenty years and my new work looks quite powerful. Yes, I’m proud.
the artist and transactivist proudly presents new work.
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.
The Qtopia festival is opening september 30th and will end October 14th, but all of my own work will be up until October 31st 2018.
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.
There is a paradox within many activist communities. Take for example queer activism: the struggle here is to bridge power differences, most often regardless of the basis of them, whether they be stemming from gender power differences or economic class. Eventually the most extreme group differences will water down and diminish. And that’s what we want right? A better life for queer people? Yet when I, as a queer trans individual personally gain power and a better life, I do not get a congratulatory kitten.When I’m doing better I will get ostracised for it by the very same people from minority communities who should all have better lives as individuals. I’ve found this to be a difficult personal conflict, driven by peer pressure. On the one hand I need a better life, because my ageing body can’t stand squatters’ standards no more, but on the other hand I do not want to loose my true safe spaces. A catch 22. So I made a comic about it.
Mail your solutions to this dilemma free of charge to my mailbox email@example.com and I will draw you your own congratulatory kitten.
I never put up trigger warnings, but for this one gag I will appease the masses: trigger.
The penis is a much heralded thing. And anyone who doesn’t have one is seen as not having anything at all; or as having something missing. As far as genitalia go, I’m fairly happy with mine. But I must admit it took me a long time to get emotionally attached to dildos. In times of insecurity, the best solution is always to be very proud and boast. Known advantages of the illustrious dildo are of course that you can have more than one, in any shape or size or color you want, they never go limp, and they are much, much easier to clean than the biological thing.
Enjoy this inspirational panel. Continue reading “#274 Dildo envy (NSFW)”→
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”.
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.
Here is another old episode from 2013, never published before – a reference to the trend to turn EVERYTHING into a musical.
If Anne Frank can be exploited, why not transploitate my life into a musical?
So here it is:
Okay, so I’ve changed genders a couple of years ago, on the outside. People started calling me ‘he’ without me even asking for it. I’m still genderqueer (or more specific: genderneutrois) even though I changed my body. I’ve been playing the male role in society successful enough to be able to survive but many social must-do’s are still very much up in the air for me. I am supposed to act like a leader, but i don’t want to. I’m supposed to now start approaching people I wish to date, but I don’t want to. I’m supposed to show off my skills and act all confident, but I don’t want to. I don’t want to play this game.
I’m mostly pondering, so here’s a little sketch of one simple aspect of my life that could turn into an entire book, if I ever get the getting-things-done attitude: