Laurence Philomene's daily photos on life as a transgender artist take on new resonance in quarantine
For the photographer, isolation has brought the details of daily life into sharp focus
In our self-shot video series COVID Residencies, we're checking out how artists are adapting their practices in isolation, whether it's diving into different processes or getting lost in their sketchbooks.
Now, Philomene can't do in-person shoots anymore — the non-binary transgender artist is cloistered at home with their partner and roommate (we could write a whole piece about the pros and cons of being isolated together vs. being isolated alone). So Philomene has turned their attention on a project they'd begun before Covid: Puberty, their series highlighting the daily ephemera of being a transgender person on HRT (or hormone replacement therapy) who also has a chronic illness.
By taking the photographs in "Puberty," Philomene also draws a portrait of self-care — something particularly important in the current moment. In this self-shot video, they explain why this project is resonating with them right now, and what it means to bring you the mundane and beautiful moments of the every day.
Follow Laurence Philomene here and keep a lookout for the stories we're bringing you from other artists in isolation as part of COVID Residencies. Stay safe, friends!
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