North American Tour – BUTCH: Not like the other girls

Press release by SD Holman

Press photo by SD Holman

Photo-based artist SD Holman’s acclaimed solo show BUTCH: Not like the other girls continues the Fall leg of its North American tour, with exhibition and book signing dates booked in San Francisco, Toronto and Wellesley College.

BUTCH is a photographic exploration of the liminal spaces occupied by female masculinity in contemporary queer communities. Holman delineates Butch as “an inclusive site of resistance to limitations on the way women, gender, and sexuality are still defined.” The images honor the beauty, power and diversity of women who transgress the gender binary, with subjects reflecting the many sizes, shapes, ethnicities, and styles of Butch. The transversal dialectic of female masculinity is celebrated here — unapologetic and undiluted.

BUTCH: Not like the other girls debuted as a public art project in transit shelters around Vancouver, Canada, in March 2013, with a simultaneous gallery show at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre. According to Cultch administrators, the opening night – which attracted over 500 patrons – was the largest art opening in their 35 years of operation. The project went viral on the internet, leading to touring exhibitions across the continent. The exhibition catalogue was released by Shooting Gallery Publications in Spring 2014, and is available at bookstores in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

A native of Los Angeles, artist SD Holman has exhibited internationally at galleries including the Advocate Gallery (Los Angeles), the Soady-Campbell Gallery (New York), the San Francisco Public Library, The Helen Pitt International Gallery, Charles H. Scott, Exposure, and Fotobase Galleries (Vancouver). Holman defines as a non-commercial, photo-based  artist, a participant observer employing subjective conceptual documentary practice. Holman’s approach to photography is conflicted and perverse, bringing gesture, hazard, and a painterly sensibility into this most technical of media. Recipient of the 2014 YWCA Woman of Distinction Arts and Culture Award, and hailed by Guy Warrington as “the best portrait photographer in Vancouver,” Holman is also Artistic Director of The Queer Arts Festival, an artist-run, three-week, multidisciplinary arts festival in Vancouver, BC.

“Female masculinity is a particularly fruitful site of investigation because it has been vilified by heterosexist and feminist/womanist programs alike: unlike male femininity, which fulfills a kind of ritual function in male homosocial cultures, female masculinity is generally received by hetero and homo normative cultures as a pathological sign of misidentification and maladjustment, as a longing to be and to have a power that is always just out of reach.”
- Judith Halberstam, Female Masculinity

Upcoming Tour Stops

San Francisco
Sep 18 – Nov 18: Austin Gallery, 799 Castro, San Francisco, CA
Opening Reception and Book Signing: Thur Sep 18, 6-9pm (Folsom Weekend)
The opening party is free and open to the public; further showings are by appointment.

Wellesley College (Boston area)
Oct 2 – Oct 21: Jewitt Sculpture Gallery, Wellesley College, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA
Opening Reception and Book Signing: Thur Oct 2 2014

Oct 30 – Jan 23: Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives, 34 Isabella Street, Toronto, ON
Opening Reception and Book Signing: Thur Oct 30 2014.

Maree Azzopardi in Sweden 2008

Video: Sydney-based artist Maree Azzopardi at Galleri Tapper-Popermajer, Sweden in 2008. The exhibition was curated by Jonathan Turner.

Visual artist Maree Azzopardi features in Lesbian Art – An Encounter With Power by Elisabeth Ashburn, (Craftsman House 1996). In 2010 Maree Azzopardi was one of 14 acclaimed artists from 7 countries to appear in the exhibition ‘Matt Dave Gold’, which was presented to coincide with the 2010 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. The group exhibition celebrated the sport of diving and Australia’s Olympic gold medalist Matt Mitcham. ‘Matt Dave Gold’ was also curated by Jonathan Turner.

Vancouver – Queer Arts Festival 2014: JUL 23 – AUG 9

Excerpt from Queer Arts Festival’s newsletter July 5, 2014

Queer Arts Festival 2014: JUL 23 – AUG 9

ReGenerations: Dare to be challenged. Risk being Changed.

SD HolmanThe Queer Arts Festival [in Vancouver, Canada] is fast approaching, and we’ve been busy putting together an extraordinary selection of events that everyone will enjoy. Don’t forget to visit our website and subscribe to @ QAFVancouver for the most up-to-date information about this year’s Queer Arts Festival!

Photo Booth with SD Holman

We have just confirmed that this year at the Art Party, our very own SD Holman will be running a photo booth. SD Holman is the artist behind Butch: Not Like the Other Girls, a captivating photo-exhibit aimed to honour the beauty, power and diversity of women who transgress the gender binary, with subjects reflecting the many sizes, shapes, ethnicities, and styles of Butch. SD Holman recently received the 2014 YWCA Women of Distinction Award for her work with the Festival, and we can confidently say that she is the first bearded, butch, Jewish dyke to receive this award.

A photo taken by SD Holman is $50, which includes a print. All proceeds from the photo booth will benefit the Pride in Art Society.

Admission to the Art Party is by donation.