With "Becoming," artist Yishay Garbasz courageously explores one of society's most taboo subjects - the unmaking of a gendered body and the creation of another. Garbasz courageously documents two years of the physical changes she underwent to change from male to female. With unprecedented honesty and directness, the artist photographed her body every week, chronicling its gradual transformation. "Becoming"'s flip book format makes visible and immediate time and its integral role throughout this process.
Yishay Garbasz was born in Israel in 1970 and studied photography in New York at Bard College. Garbasz's photography explores issues of identity, agency, and human rights. She exhibits internationally and Becoming is a featured installation at the Busan Biennale in Korea during 2010. Her book "In My Mother's Footsteps" (Hatje Cantz, 2009) is a compelling journey through the places and spaces her mother traveled as a victim of the Holocaust and was nominated for the German Photo Book Prize as well as being exhibited internationally. Garbasz is currently based in Berlin.
About the Author
Vivian Sobchack is Professor and Associate Dean in the School of Theater, Film, and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of "Screening Space: The American Science Fiction Film "(1997) and "The Address of the Eye: A Phenomenology of Film Experience "(1992) and the editor of "Meta-Morphing: Visual Transformation and the Culture of Quick Change "(2000) and "The Persistence of History: Cinema, Television, and the Modern Event "(1996), among other books.