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BUTCH: Not like the other girls explores the liminal (in between) space occupied by female masculinity in contemporary communities. Artist SD Holman delineates Butch not as oppositional to Femme and Trans identities, but as an inclusive site of resistance to limitations on the way women, gender, and sexuality are still defined. The images honour the mercurial beauty, power and diversity of women who transgress the gender binary (boys r masculine/ girls r feminine) – celebrating the transversal dialectic (celebrating debates that cut across categories {literally queer}) of female masculinity, unapologetic and undiluted.

BUTCH: Not like the other girls debuted 2013 in Vancouver, as public art in bus shelters and at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, where the show’s opening spilled out into the street for half a block, the largest in their 35-year history. The media around Butch: Not like the other girls went viral, with shares and posts from as far away as Germany and Denmark, and impassioned calls for the project to tour to other cities. A Kickstarter campaign started (and succeeded!) to tour the exhibition and to create a catalogue to go with it.

I can just hope the exhibition will come to Europe one day 🙂 In the meantime, I will have to settle for the catalogue. A beautiful tribute to all butches by a great butch: SD Holman:

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