SOHO — A new weekend-long exhibit at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art features self-portraits by a transgender artist exploring the risk inherent in her identity.
The exhibit by Montreal-based artist Ianna Book, titled "Trans the Notion of Risk," is meant to show "the terror of being unmasked and stigmatized."
Book's self-portraits depict her in positions of doubt, apprehension and discomfort to illustrate her experience "struggling to flourish in the social sphere."
"Because my condition as a trans woman places me in a vulnerable position within a world still brimming with prejudice and violence, simply existing becomes a challenge," she wrote in a description of the exhibit.
Book's work will be featured in the museum's new corner "project space" at 127-B Prince St., adjacent to the museum's larger main gallery.
An opening will be held on April 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and the work will be on display through the weekend.
"Trans and the Notion of Risk," Leslie-Lohman Museum Prince St. Project Space, 127-B Prince St., April 23-24, noon to 6 p.m. Opening April 22, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.