From Advocate:

Mariette Pathy Allen has photographed the transgender community for nearly 50 years.

Allen, who photographs the transgender, genderfluid, and gender variant communities, will be featured in a new exhibition in New York by Culture Lab LIC called “Breaking Boundaries: 50 Years of Images”along with a separate exhibition called “Breaking More Boundaries” featuring Zackary Drucker, Jess T. Dugan, and other artists inspired by Allen and her work.

“Through her artistic practice, she has been a pioneering force in gender consciousness, contributing to numerous cultural and academic publications about gender variance and lecturing worldwide,” a press release about the exhibitions states.

The exhibitions, running from June 1 to July 30, are curated by Orestes Gonzalez and Jesse Egner.

“The importance of this exhibition in this retrograde, evil political climate, can’t be exaggerated,” Allen said in a press release. “We hope that by presenting transgender and non-binary people as relatable, caring, and creative, we can help to dispel the misinformation and fear of gender and sexual non-conforming people. I am very grateful to the Culture Lab LIC’s Plaxall Gallery for giving me the opportunity to have this retrospective of some of my work on gender variance.”

In 1978 Allen met a trans woman, Vicky West, at Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Since then she’s been involved in trans rights organizing and photographing trans and gender nonconforming people across the U.S. — with some images from Cuba, Burma, and Thailand.

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Browse all of Mariette Pathy Allen’s work at CLAMP.