PRINT Summer 2016



IDENTITY IS THE ACT of putting the self together each day, for a brief moment that is both vulnerable and automatic. As a metaphor, imagine you are getting dressed. As you add clothes to your body, your image changes. The clothing creates a thin, porous layer between your internal sensory apparatus and its outward presentation. Why do you dress? How do you decide—what is the feeling of having made a right or wrong choice? Do you have a choice? Do you protect yourself? Is there anything natural about it?

Wu Tsang is an artist based in Los Angeles; this text is based on notes for a film with Jonathan Oppenheim.

Coco Fusco, A Room of One’s Own: Women and Power in the New America, 2006–2008. Performance view, Park Avenue Armory, New York, March 2008. From the Whitney Biennial. Coco Fusco. Photo: Eduardo Aparicio.


OVER THE PAST DECADE, I’ve worked as an advocate for my transgender and gender-nonconforming brothers and sisters through my artistic practice and, more recently, as a producer on the TV show Transparent. Sometimes, artist friends ask when I’m going

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