Sara Davidmann, an LCC Research Fellow in Photography, is currently exhibiting two of her projects at the Liverpool Museum.
As part of the un-straight museum conference Sara is showing ‘Ken. To be destroyed’, a personal project that uncovers her uncle Ken’s secret trans* identity. Sara’s family attempted to erase this from their history and as a result Sara’s family photograph albums depict Ken solely as male. This project uses family letters circa 1950, vintage photographs and photographic processes to tell the story that is missing from the family album.
The second project that Sara has been working on with the Liverpool Museum is ‘Trans* Portraits’, to be show as part of the museum’s long-running exhibition ‘April Ashley: Portrait of a Lady’.
Since 1999 Sara has taken photographs in collaboration with people from London’s ‘queer’ and transgender communities. These photographs record a dynamic period of time in the changing social history of gender, sex and sexuality. By presenting the personal stories of a largely hidden social group, this work offers an important counteraction to mass media representations/misrepresentations of the people at the heart of these communities.