“THE BINARY DAYS AND THE ANTIQUATED STEREOTYPES OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE BORN A GIRL OR BOY,
ARE FINALLY COMING UNDONE. IT IS TIME WE ACKNOWLEDGE THE HUMAN RACE IS MORE UNIQUE AND SPECIAL THAN THESE STRICT AND SIMPLISTIC WAYS OF BEING WHICH ARE NOT RELEVANT TO EVERYONE.”
For three years, Zaman traveled to 21 states to photograph and interview trans men ages 18 to 35 in their hometowns at distinct stages of their transition. Zaman’s sincere and tender portraits and accompanying essays candidly capture the grace and humanity of these trans men providing viewers with a snapshot into their personal lives, characters and journeys across the transmasculine spectrum.
New movements in queer and trans identity politics are carving out spaces for more fluid and transitory identities. Zaman, who identifies as non-binary queer,
hopes American Boys will promote a positive message of inclusion and understanding, while centering and celebrating individuals who have a gender identity that
differs from their sex at birth.
The book’s nostalgic, patriotic sounding title evokes the notion of traditional boyhood within American popular culture that masculinity belongs exclusively to cis men. American Boys unflinchingly rejects this belief and challenges people to look at the way they themselves perceive traditional binary gender roles and cultural interpretations across the country.
Philip Bucknell (founder of Batik) worked with Zaman while living in NYC which is how this unique proposition has come to fruition. Working closely with Zaman on the marketing campaign and book launch for American Boys, Philip’s objective is to introduce Zaman’s work in an exhibition that is inspired by Melbourne’s love for digital art and installations.
AMERICAN BOYS GALLERY