New BUTCH images on bus shelters seek to redefine gender

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Transit shelter at Alberta and 49th Ave. showcases a BUTCH photo.Photo by Patrick Colvin
Transit shelter at Alberta and 49th Ave. showcases a BUTCH photo.
Photo by Patrick Colvin

A new public art exhibition in Vancouver shows women expressing themselves in a way not usually seen on advertising space – it shows women expressing their inner masculinity.

The exhibition, titled BUTCH: Not like the other girls, is comprised of images taken by acclaimed Vancouver photographer SD Holman.  These images can be seen on 20 transit shelters throughout Vancouver, using space usually reserved for advertising.

“I think it’s incredible, I think women need to see other women in different lights,” said Theresa Wilson, creator of Dykeit.com.  According to Wilson, the images present “different ideas of what a woman can be, so that we can all make choices that feel good for us personally.”

BUTCH: Not like the other girls will be shown as a gallery exhibition at The Cultch performance space located at 1895 Venables Street between April 9 to 25.

Removing limitations on how a woman is defined 

The exhibition seeks to function as a resistance “to the limitations on the way women, gender, and sexuality are still defined,” according to Holman’s website.

“I think it’s appropriate and not surprising that this is something that is happening in Vancouver . . . change is happening, and it’s fantastic,” said Wilson.

Ross Johnstone, director of education for anti-bullying organization Out in Schools, understands the benefits of the public art exhibition.

“If it’s the first time someone is being confronted by an image that they absolutely not only feel comfortable with but relate to…that will have an impact on helping them feel more comfortable, ultimately helping to make them feel not alone,” said Johnstone.

Reported by Patrick Colvin 

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