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

May 13, 2021 to July 11, 2021

Renowned trans activist, historian and author of the groundbreaking gender-nonconforming novel ‘Stone Butch Blues’ – Leslie Feinberg began making this photographic series between summer 2009 and winter 2011, when ze (Ze and hir were Feinberg’s preferred pronouns) was forced to relocate to Syracuse, N.Y., because of failing health.

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

EXHIBIT SPONSORS:
Carl Alberico, 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

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

SPECIAL BENEFACTORS:
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.

COVID-19 SPECIAL BENEFACTORS:
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

SUSTAINING SPONSORS:
Walter Putter & Marilyn Smith