#beyondbinaries #2 Rox/Roku @TheRoku

 #beyondbinaries #2 Rox/Roku. Genderfluid/Non-Binary. Pronouns: They/Them/Their. Graffiti by Zesta.

Graffiti by Zesta.

Who are the people behind the hundreds of gender descriptor options on Facebook? What is the difference between trans and trans*?

“My experience with gender identity is still and always has been one big question mark. How do you define a nonbinary identity other than by what you are not? I’m not a boy or a girl, so what do I see myself as? Both? Neither? Something in between? Who knows. The only thing I know for sure about myself is that when I’m wearing my purple space hoodie I feel like me. Everything else is just confusing. So I’ll just continue to be a question mark with a bright turquoise undercut and hipster glasses. I’ll just be Rox.”

#beyondbinaries is a photodocumentary project focusing on the people behind these identities – gender non-conforming (GNC) peeps in South Africa. GNC people are a growing community in South Africa’s trans* population. Their gender is very different to transgender as they are neither of the binary genders, or a combination of both, or a highly personalised hybrid of genders on the gender spectrum (or even better, the gender constellation), emphasising the fact that there are more than two genders and that gender is less of a stable fact and more of a very personalised, fluid and performative journey.

There are as many different queer identities and terms as there are people in this community, with genderqueer (GQ), non-binary (NB) and GNC being just a few. As the identity is constantly transformative and without a destination, the language used to describe these people is constantly in flux and metamorphosing.

I’ll be collaboratively documenting this community in celebration of the art that is self-identification, the creativity that is diversity, a literal graffiti-ing over the walls of the conventional, in a country ravaged by gender violence based on difference.

Follow the #beyondbinaries project here and at germainedelarch.co.za

#GNC #NB #GQ #gendernonconforming #nonbinary #genderqueer #queer #trans #trans* #genderfluid #genderfuck #androgyne #androgyny #genderbender #transgender #dapper #dapperasfuck #graffiti #zesta


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