Germaine S. Gabriel S. de Larch: Unapologetic (in training). Living & documenting life writ large in words, images & being #BeingHumaninFearfullyBeautifulWorld
Idealist, recovering addict, neurodivergent, Spoonie living with Borderline Personality Disorder (and all its intersectional struggles/opportunities); learning to live large, one day at a time by recreating my self and what that means for the world around me. Not a survivor, a warrior. Documenter in words and images of Life, Lived Large, as well as my transgender, testosterone-fuelled journey as a nonbinary feminist, etc. etc. etc. queer | Johannesburg, South Africa
All images and text © Germaine S. Gabriel. S. de Larch, 2017, unless otherwise stated.
Do I contradict myself? Very well then, I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes
– Walt Whitman
Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask "how," while others of a more curious nature will ask "why." Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.
– Man Ray
Collaboratively documenting selves, outsider voices from inside.
I am not a photographer; these are not my subjects. I make images of me through relating to myself on my human journey. I make images of you with you, through relating to each other's journeys as human beings.
Portraits from, of and dedicated to everyone on a journey who embraces & celebrates "there is no one more YOUer than YOU".
My work, in the form of writing, speaking and images, explores and documents the private as political space and the lived experience of people living outside of binaries and stereotypes.
"Where I create,
there I am true"
I make images, write and speak in public in order to tell stories. Through portraiture and self-portraiture I explore the theme of public and private identity, as well as gender identity and LGBTQIA+ visibility, among many other passion projects.
My resumé: I'm a published writer and my art has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in South Africa. I have also delivered papers at academic conferences and the odd radio panel interview on the topics of art, activism, the transgender community and LGBTQIA+ visibility. See here for more on my cv as an advocate.
I am currently working on:
#AgainstStigma, an art-activism project focused on countering the stigma associated with addiction and mental illness; #beyondbinaries, where I document the non-binary/genderqueer/gender non-conforming+ community inside and outside of the larger trans community in South Africa;
#ThisIsTransZA, in collaboration with the trans community and Anova Health Institute's Health4Trans page, documenting the healthcare struggles of trans people in South Africa.
And many more.
To be willing at any moment, to give up who you are for who you could be.
– Source unknown