Gallery Reception: Transcendents: Spirit Mediums in Myanmar & Thailand


The Fine Art Galleries at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center proudly presents internationally-renown photographer, Mariette Pathy Allen, for the first public exhibit of images from her newly released book, Transcendents: Spirit Mediums in Myanmar & Thailand. The exhibit is a continuation of the artist's history of documenting transgender lives and experiences around the world through photography.

Through her artistic practice, Mariette Pathy Allen 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 was groundbreaking in its investigation of a misunderstood community. Her second book The Gender Frontier is a collection of photographs, interviews, and essays covering political activism, youth, and the range of people that identify as transgender in mainland USA. It won the 2004 Lambda Literary Award in the Transgender/Genderqueer category. Her 2014 book TransCuba documents a growing visibility and acceptance in a country whose government is transitioning into a more relaxed model of communism under Raúl Castro's presidency. Her new book, Transcendents studies the phenomenon of gender variance among the spirit cults of Burma and Thailand. This book combines a raw, personal, photographic standpoint with an anthropological and sexological perspective on the genderfluid spirit mediums in Thailand and Burma.

Works by the artist are included in permanent collections of major museums, including Corcoran Gallery of Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York Public Library, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Harvard University's Fogg Museum, Portland Art Museum, Duke University, Haverford College, Paris' Bibliotheque Nationale, and China's Museum of Photography (and others).

Join us for a special artist reception on November 16 from 6 - 8 p.m. to meet the artist!

This is a sober social event at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. No alcohol will be served.