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Made This Way – Part I (Daniels Spectrum)Irem Harnak
“Made This Way” uses the art of photography to tell ordinary people’s real life stories of transitioning and challenging gender norms. I believe that we all create ourselves. “Made This Way” is a project about self-discovery, self creation, emerging, and constructing your true self. I have always been an outsider wherever I am, never being able to conform to the ordinary. I have been drawn to the experiences of individuals who challenge social norms. “Made this Way” is aimed at documenting various transgender individuals in their own element, examining what makes them who they are. What are their hobbies? Do they like animals? Do they play sports? Do they have dates? I seek to explore what it means to be a transgender individual from an authentic, human-to-human perspective detached from the sensationalized celebrity versions we often see in mainstream media.
These works are split between Daniels Spectrum and the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives.