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Transcend Opening at the Q Center

  • Q Center 4115 N Mississippi Ave Portland (map)

Art Show Opening: TRANSCEND by Rae Senarighi at Q Center
“The more we are willing to become authentic rather than conventional, and the more unique, unconventional, or creative a being we are… the more we need to eschew conditioning for aliveness.” ~Brené Brown

Transgender is not just about one experience, not linear and not simple. Each transgender person is unique with incredibly diverse experiences yet we are united in a common struggle. Portraits in this series are of individuals living their lives out in the open with courage, authenticity and commitment to integrity over safety. 

Deliberately omitting natural skin tones, vibrant rainbow colors are used to take pride in our intersectional identities uniting us in celebration. All clothing is depicted in gray-scale, which helps (especially in the cases of many fashion trailblazers) to not distract from the individual represented while carefully respecting their style. The vast blue sky is in direct response to the oppression and erasure from public space experienced by transgender people. 

TRANSCEND has been across the United States in 7 locations and 6 states so far this year, with the next showing at the Union Art in Wisconsin.