"COMPLICATED: GENDER AND SEXUALITY"

CONCEPT

For this typographic project I wanted to represent something that I thought it could be defined by the word "complicated".

 I decided to choose the topic "gender and sexuality" because I personally believe that truly understanding who you are can become a real struggle both mentally and physically. My aim is to to represent this whirl of emotions and complexity through typography and at the same time to inform people about all the different definitions of gender and sexuality.


 

L G B T Q Q I A A P

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Allies, Pansexual.

INFORMATION

Gender Identities (=One personal experience of one’s personal gender. Generally described as one’s private sense of being man or women).

Male

Female

Androgyne

Bigender

Boi

Cisgender

Cross-dresser

Gender bender

Gender neutrality

Genderqueer

Pangender

Trans man

Trans woman

Transgender

Transexual

Womyn

Communities (=group of subcultures united by a common culture and social movements. 

The communities usually celebrate pride, diversity, sexuality and individuality).

Anthems

Bars

Bisexual community

Coming out

Drag king

Drag queen

Gay friendly

Icons

Lesbian utopia

Literature

Pride

Pride parade

Religious groups

Sexual orientation identities (=Describes how people identify their own sexuality. They also may choose to not define their sexualorientation)

Hermaphrodite

Gender roles

Female sexuality

Male sexuality

Intersex

 


 

I ended up watching “From Russia with love”, a 1963 British spy film of the James Bond fi lm series and I got very inspired by the opening title sequence. I liked very much how the typography covered the body form and how it assumed a distorted kind of effect. To recreate it I took a projector and displayed some sexual and  gender terminology (see information above) on a man's and a female's body. 

I took pictures of of the words and I edited them in black and white so that the 

typography had more contrast.

FINAL CONCEPT

Third sex/ third gender (=Concept covering individuals categorized, either by themselves or by the society, as 

neither men or women. The term third is usually 

understood to be “other”).

Akava’ine

Androgynos

Bakla

Bissy

Eunuch

Fa’afafine

Fakaleiti

Femminiello

Hijra

Kathoey

Khanith

Köçek

Mahu

Mak Nyah

Mukhannathun

Muxe

Sworn virgins

Takatāpui

Tomboy

Travesti

Tum tum

Two-spirit

Winkte

Sexual orientation (=Person’s sense of identity based on sexual attraction or romantic feelings)

Heterosexual

Homosexual

Lesbian

Bisexual

Pansexual

Bicurious

Polysexual

Monosexual

Allosexual

Androsexual

Gynosexual

Questioning

Asexual

Demisexual

Grey Asexual

Periorirented

Varioriented

Heteronormative

Ersasure

Cishet

Polyamorous

Monoamorous

Queer

Ally


 

PROCESS

FINAL RESULT 

My aim was to mix both digital and analog  techniques to represent every different layer of gender and sexuality, so after printing the photos I decided to take a typewriter and to write on the printed picture. I wrote sinuous organic lines changing the height of the paper after every letter also to play a bit with the shape of the human body.

I finally decided to scan the photos and zoom them, focusing on different details of each photo. I also played a little bit with the words cutting them so that they could assume different meanings, but still staying inherent to my topic.

I hope my work will help people to be more acknowledged regarding gender and sexuality, and that it'll help them also to find themselves in this spectrum of diversity.