"COMPLICATED: GENDER AND SEXUALITY"
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.
Gender Identities (=One personal experience of one’s personal gender. Generally described as one’s private sense of being man or women).
Communities (=group of subcultures united by a common culture and social movements.
The communities usually celebrate pride, diversity, sexuality and individuality).
Sexual orientation identities (=Describes how people identify their own sexuality. They also may choose to not define their sexualorientation)
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.
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”).
Sexual orientation (=Person’s sense of identity based on sexual attraction or romantic feelings)
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.