A Thousand Cuts
A Thousand Cuts is a found-footage video compilation by B.G-Osborne of cisgender actors portraying Transgender roles in film and television. The work arranges clips from over 80 sources to confront the perpetual violence of these inauthentic representations and the systemic erasure of Trans people in mainstream media. A Thousand Cuts also includes printed matter, featured as an image above, which lists the documented names of Trans people who have been murdered in the past two years. Last year alone, there were over three hundred documented murders of Trans people worldwide. This print serves as a reminder to the viewership of the common consequence of Transgender expression, especially for Trans Women of Colour.
Over August and September 2018, A Thousand Cuts was intended to be publicly exhibited at Arts Commons (Calgary) by the New Gallery in their +15 Window space. At the beginning of September, this work was turned off in an act of censorship by Arts Commons and was fully removed the week following. Statements by B.G-Osborne and the New Gallery in response to this can be read on the artist-run centre’s website: http://www.thenewgallery.org/a-thousand-cuts/. As further response, this work can be viewed simultaneously on the same website or in-person at: the University of Calgary Art Department (Calgary), Latitude 53 (Edmonton), Left Contemporary (Windsor) and now at the Khyber Centre for the Arts (Halifax).