Jono Vaughan, Project 42
Jono Vaughan is a visual artist who currently lives and works in Florida. Since 2009, Vaughan’s autobiographical work has explored the relationship between hair and gender identity in variety of media including drawing, painting, printmaking, video, and performance. Currently Vaughan is exploring projects outside of the autobiographical and within the larger transgender/cisgender community through collaborations with performance artists in a number of countries. “Project 42” seeks to raise the awareness about the unacceptable rate of transgender murders in the USA and the low life expectancy of transgender individuals (estimates are between 25-42 years old) as a result of discrimination and violence.
Beginning with screen shot captures from Google Earth of murder locations, Vaughan is creating abstracted patterns based on these images, which are then turned into fabric. This fabric is sewn into a garment to be worn by a volunteer dancer whose movement and energy symbolically gives new life to the victim. The utilization of international volunteers in this project speaks to the artist’s desire to offer lost experiences and opportunities to the memory of the victims, whose lives were taken in violence and hate. Project 42 was launched in June of 2013 and it will continue until 42 separate garments and performances have been created. Garments will be accompanied by stories and explanation of the issues explored in the work.
The first formal showing of a group of these garments will be at the Englewood Art Center in Florida. Other dance performances will take place throughout the world with dancers wearing and performing in the garments, starting with a professional dancer who will perform in a Project 42 garment in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Pollination Project funds were used for raw materials to create the garments for exhibit.
GRANT AWARD DATE: AUGUST 2, 2013