Jess T. Dugan | To Survive on This Shore
Feb. 1 – May 18, 2019 | Works on Paper Gallery | Gregory Allicar Museum on the Colorado State University Campus
Friday, February 15, 2019
The Griffin Concert Hall, University Center for the Arts
Presented by the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art at Colorado State University in collaboration with the Center for Fine Art Photography, the exhibition and related programs are made possible by a grant from the Lilla B. Morgan Memorial Endowment, which works to enhance the cultural development and atmosphere for the arts at Colorado State University (CSU), and with support from the Pride Resource Center at CSU, the Lory Student Center Arts Program at CSU, RamEvents at CSU, the Diversity Offices at CSU, and the FUNd at CSU.
Representations of older transgender people are nearly absent from our culture and those that do exist are often one-dimensional. For over five years, photographer Jess T. Dugan and social worker Vanessa Fabbre traveled throughout the United States creating To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults. Seeking subjects whose lived experiences exist within the complex intersections of gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, sexuality, socioeconomic class, and geographic location, they traveled from coast to coast, to big cities and small towns, documenting the life stories of this important but largely underrepresented group of older adults. The featured individuals share a wide variety of life narratives spanning the last ninety years, offering an important historical record of transgender experience and activism in the United States. The resulting portraits and narratives offer a nuanced view into the struggles and joys of growing older as a transgender person and offer a poignant reflection on what it means to live authentically despite seemingly insurmountable odds.