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Elle Perez Named 2011 Meyer Fellowship Recipient

Photography senior's project proposal, The Outliers, looks at Genderqueer people

Posted 03.29.11 by MICA communications

Elle Perez '11, "Michael," 2010.

Photography senior Elle Perez was named the winner of the 2011 Meyer Fellowship for her project proposal, The Outliers.

"In an age where many believe that our society has moved past strict "outdated" gender roles, people who defy the standard expectations of gender are still a target for discrimination and violence. Genderqueer people in particular are targets of discrimination because often they express themselves in ways that are seen as androgynous or unidentifiable.

The Outliers is an investigation of Genderqueer, a gender identity that is found within a small portion of the transgender community. The Outliers seeks to explore the margins of gender expression, record personal histories, and question the notion of gender itself. By traveling throughout the United States to meet individuals who self identify as genderqueer, I hope to produce a significant document questioning what it means to be gender variant in 2011."

The Meyer Photography Traveling Fellowship was established in 1988 with a generous gift from an Janice Meyer. The fellowship is awarded annually to a senior photography student to help finance a personal photographic project in the United States or abroad after graduation. The award winner has a year to complete the project, and in the late spring has an exhibition, reception and artist talk concerning the work completed with the aid of the Meyer Fellowship.


Photo caption: Elle Perez '11, Michael, from natural masculinity series, 2010.


Read about Perez's two internship experiences, as a gallery assistant at David Zwirner Gallery in New York and as a office and on-set intern with Cass Bird, a Brooklyn-based photographer.