Gender is performance. Think of the acts of drama that go hand-in-hand with our experience of gender: a man spreading his legs on the tube; a woman showing biceps in a boiler suit saying, We Can Do It! A stiletto heel stepping on a briefcase.
It seems wherever gender goes, there follows a show of what it might be trying to say. Art is also wrapped up in performance. We see a piece of art as a still of a performance in motion, a moment of drama, a snapshot, a glimpse into a spectacle it captures a breath to be immortalised.
Travis Alabanza is a writer, performer and theatre maker based in London, via Bristol. Their writing, performance and public discourse surrounding trans and Black identities has seen them noted as one of the most prominent emerging trans voices in the arts and beyond.