Shane Dedman

Gender?: A Question for the Audience (2017) was a performance at Mammal Gallery in Atlanta, GA where Dedman asked pairs of the audience to participate in dressing his body as a canvas of subjective masculinity, femininity, and non-binary gender presentations. 


The artist dressed in nude undergarments and brought a rack of their own clothes for the participants to use as materials. The audience consisted of mostly queer, trans creatives that Dedman knows personally and has friendships with, but a few strangers participated.


The resulting looks from this collaborative social experimentation consisted of a regal masc, a bound femme, and a backwards them. As a trans artist, the performance came from the curiosity of "passing" as a certain socialized gender. Are clothes enough to be stealth? Why do we assume gender when corporeal reality remains full of strife? 

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