Ianna Book

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Ianna Book is a multidisciplinary transsexual artist and activist living and working in Montreal, QC, Canada. She has studied Fine Arts at Cegep du Vieux-Montreal (1997 - 2000) and Visual and Media Arts at Universite du Quebec à Montreal (2001 - 2005). Her work has been featured at several group shows: Art, Culture, Resistance et Luttes Sociales, the testimonial performance at Gesu, Montreal, 1999; Derision publicitaire, organized by Bande Video at Complexe Meduse Quebec, 2001. In 2008, she proposed Mon Urethane, a multidisciplinary performance in which the artist interacts within installations reflecting the five universes that compose her (emotional, spiritual, physical, cultural and activist). In 2011, she presented her first trans project at Radical Queer Semaine in Montreal. During a period of transition (2010-2013), she published Trans Avenue, a photographic essay on transsexuality and the urban context. Afterward, her work was presented at different places, including at the Leslie & Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York. Recently she organized, in collaboration with Virginie Jourdain and Marie-Claude G. Olivier, Trans Time, the first trans group exhibit in Montreal with several international artists. The second edition will be presented in 2016 at SomoS arts gallery, Berlin, Gemany. Ianna is also represented in the collection of the Elisabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. 

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