Representing Trans: Acts of Self-definition

Tuesday 20 October

Tate Modern, Starr Auditorium

I believe that there are as many gender identities as there are people; all unique, all constantly being explored in conscious and unconscious ways
Juliet Jacques

In July 2012, Juliet Jacques underwent sex reassignment surgery—a process she chronicled in a Guardian column. Out of this experience came her Manifesto for Confessional Journalism:

Never humiliate or sensationalise yourself or others known to you, and do not write anything unkind about your own body, although you may test its limits: think of confessional journalism, and everything else in your life, as a form of performance art.
Juliet Jacques

Interweaving the personal with the political, Juliet Jacques explores, in conversation with artist Yishay Garbasz, debates that comprise trans politics and the cruxes of writing, art and identity. The event is chaired by Paul Clinton.

This event coincides with the launch of Juliet Jacques’ Trans: A Memoir published by Verso this autumn. The discussion is followed by an opportunity to purchase the book and have it signed by the author in the Starr Foyer from 20.00–20.30.

Trans A Memoir Juliet Jacques, image credit: Joanna Walsh


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