Leslie Feinberg: SCREENED IN, LOOKING OUT: A Disabilities Photo Exhibit

May 13, 2021 to July 11, 2021

Leslie Feinberg (1949-2014) was a renowned trans activist, historian, writer and the author of the groundbreaking gender- nonconforming 1993 novel ‘Stone Butch Blues.’ Feinberg made this photographic series between summer 2009 and winter 2011, when ze (ze and hir were Feinberg’s preferred pronouns) relocated to Syracuse, New York, to live with hir spouse, Minnie Bruce Pratt, due to Feinberg’s failing health resulting from long term Lyme+ disease.

Hir long-standing illness from Lyme+ disease was intensifying, complicated by anti-trans prejudice embedded in for-profit health care. Hir ability to complete writing projects was impaired and hir ability to visualize waned.

As ze says in the series artist’s statement, ze began taking photographs with a little silver point-and-shoot Canon to make “a kind of geographic and emotional GPS of where I was and how I got here.” Ze added: “These photographs are the unexpected form and shape of my memory cabinet. They also reveal the geographic and social isolation of severe illness and resulting disabilities. This body of work reveals my inner struggle for articulation at a time when illness and disability–and discrimination and prejudice–were silencing my voice.”

Carl Alberico, Minnie Bruce Pratt,
Michael DeSalvo & Nick Orth, Margrit Diehl,
Lanny Freshman & Rae Kramer, John Haritatos & Mark DeSalvia,
Julie Gozan & Tom Keck, Marianna Kaufman,
Pete Lemonides, Harvey & Dorothy Pearl, Maggie & Roger Reid,
Carole Resnick, Mara Sapon-Shevin, and Ann Tiffany & Ed Kinane

Annemarie Deegan, Chris Flynn, Julia Ganson, Ruth Heller-1199SEIU,
Jeff Hoone & Carrie Mae Weems, Mary Kuhn & Dave Thomas,
Anthony Malavenda & Martine Burat,
Lauren & Walter Melnikow, Lleni Pach,
George Savage, Laurie Gilmore Selleck,
Thelie Trotty-Selzer & Jon Selzer, Sharye Skinner,
Peter Waack, Shailia Wood & Ramesh Gaonkar, and Amy Zamkoff

The Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation,
Onondaga County/CNY Arts, Bousqet Holstein, PLLC,
Anonymous, Donald Blair & Nancy Dock, Caroline Cargo,
Therese A. Deegan, Edgewood Gallery, Sandra Hurd & Joel Potash,
Ann Jamison, Nancy & Bruce McCoy, Jeremy McKay,
Shirley & Larry Novak,
Robert Sarason & Jane Burkhead, Vince Sgambati,
Rick Olanoff & Susan Wadley, and Susie Weiss.

City of Syracuse Industrial Development Agency, CNY Arts COVID-19 Arts Impact Fund, Humanities NY, The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York in partnership with Cooperative Federal, Therese A. Deegan, Mike Greenlar & Linda Bogart-Greenlar, Ruth Heller -1199SEIU, Sandra Hurd & Joel Potash, Robin Kasowitz- Art to Heart Project, Karen Kerney, Mary Kuhn & Dave Thomas, Nancy & Bruce McCoy, Jeremy McKay, Ellen Schwartz, and Sarah Stuart-Mcllvain

Walter Putter & Marilyn Smith