This exhibition shows never-before-published photos and letters of individuals in Europe and the USA who shaped trans* histories from the turn of the 20th century into the 1960s.
Turning medical-scientific history upside down, the exhibition documents the essential role trans* individuals played in the development of medical concepts and treatments as well as in the fostering of supportive communities for those seeking affirmation of their gender identities.
The exhibition reconstructs personal connections that unfolded across the Atlantic, and it follows the ways in which photographs and other images were made by trans* individuals and that were sent to magazines or doctors for publication.
The exhibition retraces the connections between these individuals, the medical and scientific authorities with whom they entered into dialogue, and the ways in which these dialogues became public or remained hidden away within archives.
"Carlas Wohnzimmer", a documentary by filmmakers Sabrina Rücker and Brian Andrew Hose, adds to the exhibition and shows interviews with trans* and non-binary persons, illustrating how gender identity has changed since the beginning of the 20th century.
Accompanying the exhibition is the monograph "Others of My Kind - Transatlantic Transgender Histories" (University of Calgary Press, 2020). The book was selected by Choice in 2021 as an Outstanding Academic Title.
After the successful premiere of "TransTrans" at the Nickle Gallery at the University of Calgary in 2016, it was exhibited in Berlin's Gay Museum in 2019 and is now being shown at the Amerikahaus in Munich.
Participate in our survey and win one of three illustrated books of Tom Hegen’s series "Habitat".