Award-winning sociologist Arlene Stein takes us into the lives of four strangers who find themselves together in a sun-drenched surgeon’s office, having traveled to Florida from across the United States in order to masculinize their chests. Ben, Lucas, Parker, and Nadia wish to feel more comfortable in their bodies; three of them are also taking testosterone so that others recognize them as male. Following them over the course of a year, Stein shows how members of this young transgender generation, along with other gender dissidents, are refashioning their identities and challenging others’ conceptions of who they are. During a time of conservative resurgence, they do so despite great personal costs.
Transgender men comprise a large, growing proportion of the trans population, yet they remain largely invisible. In this powerful, timely, and eye-opening account, Stein draws from dozens of interviews with transgender people and their friends and families, as well as with activists, and medical and psychological experts. Unbound documents the varied ways younger trans men see themselves and how they are changing our understanding of what it means to be male and female in America.
Arlene Stein is a professor of sociology at Rutgers University and director of the Institute for Research on Women. The author of six books, she received the Ruth Benedict Prize for her book The Stranger Next Door. Stein has written for The Nation, Jacobin, and The New Inquiry, among other publications. She lives in New Jersey.
Katrina del Mar is a New York-based photographer, video artist, writer, and award-winning film director. Her work has been described as “beautiful”, exuding an “intimate chemistry” and also as “filth of the highest quality.” Katrina herself has been described as a “major league cutie,” “a wild woman,” “the Lesbian Russ Meyer,” and “apparently, the lesbian stepchild of Kenneth Anger.”
Her solo exhibition GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS, first presented at Participant Inc. in New York City, shown at AMP Gallery in the summer season of 2013. Likewise, her solo exhibition Summer Sang in Me, first presented at Strange Loop Gallery in New York City was exhibited at AMP Gallery in 2014. In 2012, Katrina presented a series of films and photographs from the Golden Age of Performance Art (1988-2000) On the Edge of Society: Moments in Live Art, at Warehouse 9, Copenhagen, Denmark. Her solo exhibition, Gangs of New York, was presented in 2010 at Wrong Weather Gallery in Porto, Portugal. Invited to teach at the University of the Arts in Bremen, Germany, she conducted the first ever Queer Trash Feminist Film Workshop, also in 2010. Katrina has shown her critically acclaimed Girl Gang Trilogy of films internationally, including venues such as the Museum for Contemporary Art (CAPC), Bordeaux, France, the Fringe Film Festival, London, UK, 2012; Nightingale Cinema, co-presented by Chicago Underground Film Festival, the MoMA Dome 2 in Rockaway Beach, and Bio Paradis, Reykjavik, Iceland.
Katrina’s work has garnered numerous awards including a fellowship in video from the New York Foundation for the Arts, “Best Experimental Film” from the Planet Out Short Movie Awards announced at the Sundance Film Festival, the 2010 Accolade Award of Merit, and Winner of Juried Competition, Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA, 2012.
Katrina is currently producing a “non-linear, semi surreal” documentary-style web series called DelMarvelous: A Day in the Life, Katrina del Mar, which will be screened at AMP during this year's Provincetown International Film Festival.
Monica Falcone is originally from New Jersey and started playing guitar at age 13. In the 90's, Mony played among New York's garage scene in the all-female garage-a-billy band, Sit n' Spin, opening for some of their favorite bands such as The Muffs, Link Wray and touring with the 5678's. After 10 years of touring and recording she landed in Brooklyn where she met Tammy Faye Starlite. Over the past 10 years, she's played with Tammy in The Stay-at-Homes (covering the Runaways), Prima Ballerina (covering the NY Dolls) and most recently The Pretty Babies (covering Blondie.) Mony has also filled in on bass guitar for Tammy's Nico performances and frequently duets with Tammy for special events.
Sarah Greenwood is a songwriter and performer, born in Switzerland to British transplants. Graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Sarah is the recipient of multiple Professional Writing Division Awards for Songwriting from Berklee. She released several well received eponymous EP's including 24 Hour Shift before forming GSX, known for its fiery live performances. Sarah's full length album Manifest was released in 2005 and GSX headlined and played both internationally, notably to a crowd of 50,000 in Reykjavik, Iceland and nationally, at notable venues including the Gramercy Theater and the notorious CBGB’s, where they opened for Joan Jett. The GSX videos Bringin' Me Down and I Got What I Came For directed by Katrina del Mar, both made the Top Ten on LOGO's Click List(MTV Networks). Sarah is currently working on a new record. She lives in New York City. website
“Greenwood has a knack for transforming pain and anger into edgy songs which alternately smolder and blaze with the eloquently pissed-off attitude of Chrissie Hynde. Her Lyrics are reminiscent of Lou Reed and Patti Smith.” - Boston Phoenix
Billy Hough lives between Provincetown and New York City. He and Susan Goldberg comprise "Scream Along with Billy", a brilliant rock 'n roll stream of consciousness piano and bass duo, now celebrating its 13th year. He also is a member of the punk band "garageDogs", and plays piano and sings at the Gifford House on the weekends, and is a founding member of the Gold Dust Orphans. Billy has three songs on the film Rampart soundtrack, including his own song Venice, and covers of Downtown and Johnny Thunders' You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory. His music is also featured in two recent films directed by Oren Moverman entitled Rampart, Time Out of Mind and The Diner. He is working on a memoi, and "India" a new album .
Susan Goldberg lives in Provincetown. She is well known as "Solid Goldberg" for her awesome bass playing in bands such as "Scream Along with Billy", "Space Pussy", "Fuckery", the "garageDogs" and "Cla de Bossa Nova", among others.
Karyn Kuhl: The Stars Will Bring You Home is the newest EP from the Karyn Kuhl Band. Home for Kuhl is Hoboken, NJ, where she was a founding member of Gut Bank and Sexpod, two staple bands during the much-revered Maxwell's club's legendary heyday. The album was produced by another Hoboken stalwart, James Mastro (The Bongos, Ian Hunter), and recorded at the local Nuthouse Recording studio by Tom Beaujour (Nada Surf, Juliana Hatfield), and at Water Music by Rob Harari.
Bobby Miller is a performance poet, writer, actor and photographer. He is the author of four books of poetry; "Benestrific Blonde", "Mouth of Jane", ”Troubleblonde” and "Rigamarole". He has been published in many magazines and periodicals including Verbal Abuse, Vice Magazine, UHF Magazine and The Village Voice. He is included in The 1995 American Book Award- winning "Aloud: Voices from The Nuyorican Poets Cafe", "Verses That Hurt; Pleasure and Pain from the Poemfone Poets, and “The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry”, listed on the top ten Poetry National Bestseller List. Mr. Miller’s book, "Fabulous! A Photographic Diary Of Studio 54" 144 black and white photographs with text was published by St. Martin's Press in September 1998, He is also the author “A Downtown State of Mind: NYC 1973 – 1983”, “Wigstock in Black & White: 1985 – 2005”, “Jackie 60 Nights”, “Amina”, “Queer Nation”, “PORTRAITS: Volumes 1 – 3”, ”Ptown Peeps” Volumes 1 , 2 and 3, “Forget Them Not”, ”Fetish and Fairytale Folk”, “Diva’s, Dudes & Dandies”, and “Fabulous! A Photographic Diary of Studio 54: REDUX” with 37 color plates added for the 37th Anniversary of Studio 54. All of his books can be purchased at www.blurb.com/user/store/TroubleBlond.
His is work has been exhibited in NYC, Palm Springs and Provincetown at AMP Gallery, and Woodman Shimko Gallery. Bobby has been taking photographs since 1974. His first influence was his mother Dorothy C. Miller, a prolific amateur photographer. His first contemporary influences were Christopher Makos, Robert Mapplethorpe and Jimmy De Sana. He studied photography with Lisette Model in 1976 in NYC at The New School during the last year of her life. As a hairdresser and make-up artist he has worked with photographers Lynn Goldsmith, Francesco Scavullo and Robert Mapplethorpe and many others.
As a poet and spoken word artist he has collaborated with recording artist DJ Dmitry of the band Dee-Lite on a recording of “My Life as I Remember It to Be” released in 2015 and can also be heard on Epic Records CD Home Alive with Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Joan Jett, and others performing his “Keep Your Mouth Off My Sisters”.
Runn Shayo: "I am a time-based, environmental, site-specific film and performance artist. I use film and video to create installations, sometimes combining multiple channel video projections with live art. My background as a dancer and an actor in theater and film has influenced my work a great deal.
The work I produce for the screen range from experimental documentaries to dance films, and to what I define as environmental site-specific performance art film. These pieces explore environmental aspects of landscapes through filmed performances.
My works usually deal with subjects of gender, immigration, or the environment. They explore the struggle of an artist in contemporary contexts. I discover my characters and their stories through researching archived popular TV shows, classic history films, and archived documentation of conceptualized contemporary performance art. The ancient form of storytelling is what I ultimately honor, yet, in the center of my exploration is the meaninglessness of words, the out-cast, the sidekick; a voice of a mute preacher."
Runn was born and raised in Israel, and moved to New York 19 years ago to attend school. He has lived here ever since.
Genny Slag Genny “Bam Bam” Slag is a punk poet, songwriter, singer and drummer. She formed her first band “Slag” when she was 14 years old and hasn’t stopped making music since, in genres ranging from hardcore to punk, to rap and country. Her acting credits include the Mechanic in Katrina Del Mar’s cult classic film "Hell on Wheels Gang Girls Forever." Originally from South Florida she now resides in Brooklyn where she makes her living as a dyke contractor, rehabbing the homes of the rich and famous with her company Rock Star Renovation.
Betsy Todd to come...
Thalia Zedek started her career as a musician in the groups White Women and Dangerous Birds, whose 1982 singles “Alpha Romeo”, "Smile On Your Face", and "Walking Emergency" are rare finds these days. She really made her mark shortly thereafter with Uzi, whose 1986 Homestead release Sleep Asylum was a landmark not only for the Boston region but for the underground in general. It rightfully put Thalia in the company of other challenging female pioneers such as Kim Gordon, and was reissued by Matador in the mid-1990’s to much acclaim. In 1998, a mere two years after Uzi, Thalia broke new ground again with the NYC band Live Skull. The three records that she released with them more than stand the test of time and laid the groundwork for artists who followed such as PJ Harvey. It was with Come that Thalia rose with the swell of popularity of so called Indie Rock. Fueled by the guitar interplay between herself and bandmate Chris Brokaw, Come released four full length records, Eleven-Eleven, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Near Life Experience, and Gently Down The Stream as well as various EP's and singles and toured extensively throughout the 90s.
After Come ended in 1999, Thalia began writing and recording under her own name, but throughout her career Thalia’s voice has remained a singular calling card. Her songwriting has great depth and a pervading melancholic tone much like the work of Nick Cave. She has chosen unusual instrumentation to compliment her guitar, such as the viola and trumpet contributions of David Michael Curry and Mel Lederman on piano and keyboard. Her songs are rich in texture and reveal with each listen their delicately crafted layers.
Along with the Thalia Zedek Bank, she is also playing in other great experimental bands called "E", "tK" and "Dyr Fraser."
Julia Salinger's varied art career began as an art historian. Her mentor, Irving Sandler, was the preeminent art scholar who wrote ' The Triumph of American Painting.' She continued her studies at Columbia University and worked for Ronald Feldman Fine Arts as a researcher for five Andy Warhol print portfolios. During this period, she was accepted into the prestigious curatorial program at the Hirschorn Museum in Washington, DC. She has also worked at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design, the Guggenheim, The Neuberger Museum and the Whitney.
Her journey took her into the musical side of the arts, where she managed performers for over seventeen years. She worked with such diverse talents as Laurie Anderson, Bobby McFerrin, Diane Reeves and Diana Krall. After a few life changing experiences, she decided it was time to nourish her own creative spirit. In 1999 she started to create her own work. Since 2000, she has shown in numerous group shows and is represented in collections in the US, Europe and Asia.
"My writing and visual work is interrelated. I know that at times I want to keep the writing separate from the image but they can’t help but merge. I think my free associative nature finds its way into both places. In terms of identification…many of my lines are extremely calligraphic. When I am drawing, I feel as if I am writing in space. I love the flow of penmanship, the grace of the line and the electricity of ink to paper. A line speaks in many voices, in sounds, in color and rhythms. Words, like forms, color or line, also has its own language of meaning, nuance, duality and feeling. Each line has its own individual emotional resonance be it of passion, fear, exhilaration, innocence and anger. I like to play with the emotional content of the two in my visual work. It is like a magic mirror, a looking glass…prisms, distortions of something else appear. It is my own gestural patterning..
I work in a very direct and immediate manner. Part of my process is daydreaming or nightdreaming...feeling like a channel or instrument by which all the sounds, sights and smells of the day are incorporated. My days are like miniature films--a breakdown and composite of life's fragments. This information sparks new patterns, colors, images and helps to describe the essence of a place...it's atmosphere and mystery. Out of this, an idea will inspire a stream of conciousness. These variations or riffs develop into drawings, writings, marks and remnants of the original thought. The final energized and agitated surface creates a tension between beauty and chaos. It is within the two, that I reveal those restful places...that space of stillness in which we are able to reflect and discover. That place in my work explores for me what it means to be human. The balance between the tragic and the comic in life."
Julia lives and works in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.
Kate Wallace Rogers loved parroting the many accents and languages she heard on the streets of New York City where she grew up. Her first poem was published in second grade in "The Beaver" the magazine of her all-girls school. Continuing to explore sounds, she majored in Foreign Languages and Creative Writing at college.
Kate has been writing and performing poetry around Cape Cod since the late 1900's. In Dennis she co-founded the Dragonfly Poetry and Music Series, and ran a coffeehouse at Buckie's Biscotti. She frequently performs at coffeehouses, and has been the featured performer at several libraries, galleries and Voices of Poetry events across the Cape. She has twice received honorable mention in the Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest and has participated in Mutual Muses at the Cape Cod Cultural Center since 2007.
Locally Kate has been the feature at AMP gallery, The Mews Coffeehouse, and The Provincetown Library. Recently her work has appeared in The Lost Tower Anthology, Forage, The Wayfarer and Gravel Magazine. After a Fine Arts Work Center drawing in nature course with Mark Adams last summer, Kate began adding watercolor illustrations to her work. Her work is available at Womencrafts, on Commercial Street. You may also hear her work at her Poetry in Motion yoga classes at Mussel Beach gym.
Kate's two children, Oliver and Phoebe, of whom she is so very proud, are almost through college. (Phew!) Kate works at Truro center for the Arts, and here in Provincetown, she has the honor of taking care of poet laureate, Stanley Kunitz' fabulous garden. Kate swims in the ocean year round. Nature, language, love and women inspire her to seize the day, and the pen, and keep expressing the wild images floating through her mind.