n Gender Questions - Body of/in work : moving images and the representation of trans sex workers - research

Volume 5 Number 1
  • ISSN : 2309-9704



By investigating the visualisation of the lives of trans sex workers, this article seeks to engage with trans responses to the idea of gendered citizenship, in particular through the use of the moving image. Such images, as seen in the work of activist and artist Robert Hamblin, are important for drawing attention to the manner in which cisgender norms operate and leave their traces on trans bodies. Understanding photography and film’s capacity for facilitating trans visibility, Hamblin’s work is concerned with trans subjects and their negotiation of those normative structures that attempt to transfix their experience of gender. This article demonstrates how forms of visual representation can be used in service of trans subjects as a means to engage with the precariousness of living and labouring as a sex worker in contemporary South Africa.

Loading full text...

Full text loading...


Article metrics loading...


This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error