Binary Death 20XX, held at Superfun gallery on Curia on the Drag’s creative compound, was a multimedia art show organizing and showcasing work by trans artists.
As stated by the event organizers, “artwork made by trans people is often undervalued, overlooked and co-opted by other groups, so this event was created as a platform for us to showcase and sell our art on our own terms.”
Superfun’s white-walled gallery featured a variety of work by ten different visual artists, spoken word pieces by Metal Femme, Etienne T and Andy Mel and a live performance by Flower Child.
Other artists featured were Dog Mysterio, Esa Puteria, Gene Jacket, Hot Carrots, Madd%, Ranch, and Tory Dog2.
Jen Bobman, a digital media production student at FSU enjoyed the show and loved the work by Esa Puteria and Hot Carrot.
“It was absolutely amazing! It felt really nice to see so much trans representation at one time. I felt really comfortable and extremely proud of and happy for everyone there,” Bobman said. “I loved how Hot Carrot’s stuff was set up with the colors and style to look like a carrot, it was very clever and cute.”
Logan Stallings, another spectator, enjoyed the projections that were being shown on the wall of the gallery.
“I liked the sad bird one. We’re at a weird spot culturally now where all vulnerability has to be wrapped up in irony,” Stallings said.
“I really liked the video I was watching too. I don’t know enough about it to assume about the individual in it, but it was a black person strutting around some big city in heels and at times a tiara. And it was just so nice,” she said. “This person looked so happy and I wish we could live in a world like that where people especially gender non-conforming and trans people of color can live this freely.”
Organized by Ali Fornias, the gallery allowed artists to showcase their work in a safe environment and similar events are being planned for the future.