I Am Therefore We Are

photographer’s monograph for SFINX Publishing / Kris Lyseggen
Essays by Kris Lyseggen and Herb Schreier

From the introduction by Kris Lyseggen and Herb Schreier:
In their own voice, often in what is their second, third, or fourth language, through their transfeminist movement started by some very brave transgender women in the rural areas and townships, these transgender pioneers share their intimate stories about being trans and Xhosa in post-Apartheid South Africa.
We hope that this book will shed some light on what we found most encouraging about the stories they shared with us, that of the incredible resilience among the many young transgender women in one of the most violent places on earth, especially for women but also men, and for LGBT people in particular—a country oftentimes called “The Rape Nation.”
These transwomen constantly demonstrated that through their intelligence, strength, and stubbornness they would not cease to push for the cause of being allowed to be who they are. They call it “Transilience.” On our trips to South Africa to record their struggles, we were again and again reminded of their irresistible, interesting culture and history.
In their own words, here are their stories.

7 x 9.5 inches
252 pages