The Tranny Diaries

Chosen subject: Chinese Buddhism

Group Mates: Christy Stephanie, Iskandar Ruhaizat, Juliana Ang, Raiza Feroz

Museum Visited: Asian Civilisation Museum

Chosen Object:

Bodhisattva, 7-8th Century, Tang Dynasty, China. Asian Civilisations Museum.


We decided to appropriate Guanyin as we felt that the issue on gender identity is even more pronounced now than ever; Guanyin is the perfect embodiment to present this situation. Facing stigma due to their gender orientation, transexuals (mainly East Asian) usually find solace in Guanyin, further exemplified by Guanyin’s role as the bodhisattva of compassion.


Our Visual Response:

Lu, Lucynda. “I Can’t Find Myself”

The inspiration of the work came from the question of identity. Different photos for the character to choose from -> the character can be different people every day.

For our visual response, we are thinking of creating layers of images linked to femininity and symbols linked to Guanyin in front of a male model. Something like the installation below.

Nakanishi, Nobuhiro. “Layer Drawing Forest”, 2008. Laser print mounted with plexiglass acrylic. Galerie Kashya Hildebrand, Zurich, Switzerland.



Other Visual response(s):

Chinese Hearing Impaired Dancers–Thousand Hand Bodhisattva

Focusing more on Guanyin’s compassionate qualities


Possible Mediums: Digital


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