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My Gender States

Rogério M. Pinto
Friday, March 1, 2024
9:00 AM-4:00 PM
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On display at Lane Hall, Rogério M. Pinto (School of Social Work) invites audiences to take part in an exhibition that examines his embodied gender states based on his intersecting childhood traumas and life experiences. In "My Gender States," Pinto shares his deep and abiding grief related to the childhood death of his sister and the subsequent gender embodiments that ensued stemming from the belief that he was his deceased sister.

Using autoethnography, Pinto created a one-person play ("Marília," 2015) and site-specific installation performance ("The Realm of the Dead," 2022). These works explore the intersecting and shaping layers of childhood traumas, gender states, and his life experience—a story of the struggles, fears, and accomplishments he experienced as an immigrant to the United States. In "Realm," audiences circulated around 25 assemblage sculptures created from vintage suitcases and trunks that evoked the cemetery where Pinto’s sister was buried and the literal and figurative baggage that he, a queer immigrant, carried with him. "My Gender States" is a selection of materials, images, and texts from "Marília" and "Realm" curated to more closely examine the themes of gender and sexuality in these works. Collected are portrayals of Pinto’s gender states, gender confusion, gender embodiments, gender doubt, and reactions to gender stigma.

Rogério M. Pinto (Brazilian, American, b. 1965, Belo Horizonte, Brazil) is a University Diversity Social Transformation Professor; Berit Ingersoll-Dayton Collegiate Professor of Social Work; and Professor of Theatre and Drama, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, at the University of Michigan. Pinto uses art-based methods to conduct community-engaged research in the United States and Brazil.

The photographs used in "My Gender States" are by Emerson Granillo (American, b. 1987); David Newton (American, b. 1993); and Nicholas Williams (American, b. 1994). The "Realm" assemblages featured in "My Gender States" were conceived by Pinto and designed by him, in collaboration with Sarah Tanner.

"My Gender States" is on display in the Lane Hall Exhibit Space (first floor, 204 S State St) from January 23, to August 13, 2024. The exhibit is free and open to the public, M-F, 9am-4pm.

Hosted by the Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the Women’s and Gender Studies Department.
Building: Lane Hall
Event Type: Exhibition
Tags: Diversity, Exhibition, gender studies, Humanities, Immigration, International, Latin America, LGBT, Storytelling, Theater, Visual Arts
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Institute for Research on Women and Gender, School of Social Work, Women's and Gender Studies Department
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