Sara Davidmann

Sara Davidmann is an artist/photographer based at London College of Communication. Since 1999 she has taken photographs in collaboration with people from UK trans* and queer communities.

Much of Davidmann’s research has been carried out in collaboration with people who self-identify beyond the polarised categories of female or male. Davidmann’s doctoral thesis (2007) explored the lived experiences of four people through methods of collaborative photography and interview in dialogue with theoretical approaches.

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Ken. To be destroyed. Image copyright Sara Davidmann

Sara’s most recent work, Ken. To be destroyed has been exhibited internationally.  ‘Ken. To be destroyed’ arises out of a family secret – that Davidmann’s uncle Ken (K) was trans*. The family attempted to erase this from history and the family photograph album depicts K as male.

Read more about Sara’s research project Beyond Male and Female

Visit Sara’s website. www.saradavidmann.com

Grayson Perry

 

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Grayson Perry was appointed UAL Chancellor in 2015. Grayson, who is widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading contemporary visual artists, has lectured at the University, and is a regular attendee at the University’s Summer Shows. Central Saint Martins students design a dress for Grayson every year, based on a brief written by him. He usually makes public appearances as ‘Clare’, and has explored his identity in this way since he was a child. A lot of Grayson’s work explores intersections between concepts of masculinity and social class and he has helped to bring debates about gender identity into mainstream media. He recently presented a three-part television documentary Grayson Perry: All Man, exploring the subject of masculinity by visiting people living out some of the most stereotypical macho roles in British society.