Softcover, 232 pages, 172 x 243 mm, text in English and Italian
A photographic archive of the transgender community in Bologna in the 1980s. With critical texts by scholars and queer theorists Paolo Barbaro, Paul B. Preciado, Helena Velena, Salvatore Vitale and Wendy Vogel. This book is inspired by the pictures that Giordano Bonora, a young streetcar operator and aspiring photographer, took of Bologna's small transgender community in 1980. Reproduced here for the first time, these raw and gilded images reflect attempts made by trans people at a construction of the self outside the binary logic during a period in Italy characterized by subversive movements and political revolts. Bundled with the photographs, a handful of texts set out to explain how the question of gender involves two cultural levels of sexual difference, the normative and the dissident, and how the decision-making power over organs outside heteropatriarchal systems of sexuality and processes of disidentification are the stakes in the new “somato-political” struggle against hegemonic regimes of oppression conducted by enchanting, allied, opaque, and vulnerable bodies.