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Lot 58

Mariette Pathy Allen (U.S.)

Lady and Laura at the Las Vegas Club, Havana, 2012

Archival digital print, Archival pigment paper, printed in 2014, Edition 1/10
14 1/2 x 22 inches (37 x 56 cm), signed in pencil on back.
Sold with signed artist book, TransCuba (Daylight, 2014)

Courtesy of the artist

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Artist Bio

Mariette Pathy Allen has been photographing the transgender community for over thirty-five years. Through her artistic practice, she has been a pioneering force in gender consciousness, contributing to numerous cultural and academic publications about gender variance and lecturing throughout the globe. Her first book, Transformations: Crossdressers and Those Who Love Them (New York: Dutton, 1990), was groundbreaking in its investigation of a misunderstood community. Her second book, The Gender Frontier (Heidelberg, Germany: Kehrer Verlag, 2003), is a collection of photographs, interviews, and essays covering political activism, youth, and the range of people that identify as transgender in the mainland United States. It won the 2004 Lambda Literary Award in the transgender/genderqueer category. In 2014, Daylight Books published Allen’s new book, TransCuba, and she received the Pioneer Award at Fantasia Fair, Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Allen’s life’s work is being archived at Duke University by the David Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscripts Library and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture. In addition to her work with gender, Allen has a background as a painter, which frequently leads her to photographic investigations of color, space, and cultural juxtapositions such as east/west, old/new, and handmade/manufactured.
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