Visibly Intersex

VISIBLY INTERSEX, ATHENS 2016 SALLY GROSS 2011, INTERSEX IN SOUTH AFRICA (RIP) DEBORAH LAMBIOTTE 2011, INTERSEX IN BELGIUM (RIP) INS K 2011, INTERSEX IN GERMANY DAN 2011, INTERSEX IN GERMANY ALLESANDRO 2011, INTERSEX IN ITALY POL 2011, INTERSEX IN BULGARIA GINA 2011, INTERSEX IN AUSTRALIA MANI 2011, INTERSEX IN NEW ZEALAND DITTE 2011, INTERSEX IN DENMARK MAURO CABRAL GRINSPAN 2011, INTERSEX IN ARGENTINA RIGA 2015, INTERSEX IN EUROPE ALEXANDRA 2012, INTERSEX IN SOUTH AFRICA KITTY 2014, INTERSEX IN ICELAND JEAN-PIERRE 2014, INTERSEX IN FRANCE TOBIAS 2014, INTERSEX IN AUSTRIA EV 2014, INTERSEX IN GERMANY LESLIE 2015, INTERSEX IN THE UK NTHABISENG 2012, INTERSEX IN SOUTH AFRICA GORJI 2015, INTERSEX IN AUSTRIA HIDA 2015, INTERSEX IN THE USA OSCAR 2015, INTERSEX IN IRELAND ELLIE 2016, INTERSEX IN SWEDEN MIRIAM 20156, INTERSEX IN THE NETHERLANDS IINGE 2015, NTERSEX IN THE NETHERLANDS DAWN 2016, INTERSEX IN THE UK MORGAN, INTERSEX IN AUSTRALIA SANTIAGO 2015, INTERSEX IN PORTUGAL JO 2016, INTERSEX IN SCOTLAND ALEX 2016,INTERSEX IN SCOTLAND BETSY 2016, INTERSEX IN THE USA HOLLY 2016, INTERSEX IN THE UK GEORGIANN 2016, INTERSEX IN THE USA VALENTINO 2016, INTERSEX IN THE UK OIIEUROPE.0192x OII ITALIA, VIENNA 2017 KITTY ANDERSON, VIENNA 2017 ANIS, VIENNA 2017 N0AH, VIENA 2017 TINOU, VIENNA 2017 LUAN, VIENNA 2017 SABINA, VIENNA 2017 ANJA, VIENNA 2017 ALESSANDRO, VIENNA 2017 SANDRAO, VIENNA 2017 IRENE, VIENNA 2017 IRENE & DEL, VIENNA 2017

Visibly Intersex 2011-2017
is an ongoing collaborative project that really took off in 2011 at an intersex activist forum sponsored by ILGA.  All of the people in the project are intersex activists and most were photographed at the various intersex forums, conferences and community events I have managed to attend in the past 6 years. VISIBLY INTERSEX has been self funded but made possible by travel/accomodation costs paid for through scholarships provided by ILGA, OII Europe and VIMOE. We made photographs together on hotel rooftops, in urban parks and on accessible balconeys. Although I am the person who has initiated this project and the photographer everyone who participates can use their own images and the presentation VISIBLY INTERSEX to educate and inform people about the ongoing human rights abuses intersex people throughout the world are subjected to. 

VISIBLY INTERSEX begins by performing visibility, which is only the first part of the equation. The really hard work of de-programming and re-sensitizing the general public (about the fallacies imbedded in their belief systems) is only just beginning.  While being visible how can we protect ourselves from the fear and loathing most people are programmed to express towards us?  How do we protect those born with bodies that exceed or evade medically imposed boundaries?  How do we ensure our right to full bodily integrity? How do we persuade our cultures that physical bodily diversity is not something that needs to be fixed? That while we may need medical attention and care we are not deformed or disordered or depraved. 

This project is one of many in production around the world. We are artists, we are activists and we are academics, parents, teachers and much more. We are just like you AND we are different! 

The future of VISIBLY INTERSEX will hopefully include funding and the creation of an INTERSEX ARCHIVE. If you are interested in being a part of this work or book a presentation email: dellagracevolcano@mac.com