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Research // Sara Davidmann at the Liverpool Museum


Written by
Helen Carney
Published date
17 June 2014

Sara Davidmann, an LCC Research Fellow in Photography and member of UAL’s Photography and the Archive Research Centre, is currently exhibiting two of her projects at the Museum of Liverpool.

As part of Homotopia’s Un-Straight Museum conference, Sara is showing ‘Ken. To be destroyed’, a personal project that uncovers her uncle Ken’s secret trans* identity. Sara’s family attempted to erase this from their history and as a result Sara’s family photograph albums depict Ken solely as male. This project uses family letters circa 1950, vintage photographs and photographic processes to tell the story that is missing from the family album.

The second project that Sara has is showing at the Museum of Liverpool is ‘Trans* Portraits’, which is on show as part of the museum’s long-running exhibition ‘April Ashley: Portrait of a Lady’.

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From ‘Trans* Portraits’, Sara Davidmann.

Since 1999 Sara has taken photographs in collaboration with people from London’s ‘queer’ and transgender communities. These photographs record a dynamic period of time in the changing social history of gender, sex and sexuality. By presenting the personal stories of a largely hidden social group, this work offers an important counteraction to mass media representations/misrepresentations of the people at the heart of these communities.


From ‘Trans* Portraits’, Sara Davidmann.

Both exhibitions are still on at the Museum of Liverpool.

Read more about MA Photography.

Find out more about the shows.

Read more about the Photography and the Archive Research Centre.