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Friday, June 11, 2021


12:00 PM - 6:00 PM, June 11

Leslie Feinberg: Screened In, Looking Out -- A Disabilities Photo Exhibit
ArtRage Gallery

Price: Free, but reservations required
ArtRage Gallery
505 Hawley Ave., Syracuse

Leslie Feinberg (1949-2014) was a renowned trans activist, historian, writer and the author of the groundbreaking gender-nonconforming 1993 novel Stone Butch Blues. Feinberg made this photographic series between summer 2009 and winter 2011, when ze (ze and hir were Feinberg's preferred pronouns) relocated to Syracuse to live with hir spouse, Minnie Bruce Pratt, due to Feinberg's failing health resulting from long term Lyme+ disease.

Hir long-standing illness from Lyme+ disease was intensifying, complicated by anti-trans prejudice embedded in for-profit health care. Hir ability to complete writing projects was impaired and hir ability to visualize waned. Regardless of the impediments Leslie's illness presented for years, ze undertook this last photo project and never stopped organizing and advocating for justice and for liberation from oppression.

This exhibition at ArtRage Gallery, just a few blocks away from where the photographs were taken, features 29 newly created prints selected from the 119 photographs that make up the complete series. Also exhibited are photographs of Feinberg, which document five decades of activism, from the home albums of Minnie Bruce Pratt. Lastly, the exhibition includes several poems by Minnie Bruce Pratt from her recently published book Magnified, which is a collection of love poems written while Feinberg was gravely ill.



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