Current Location:
Student Services Building -> 2nd Floor (STU)
Location Notes:
STU; 2nd fl., Left of Room 258

Inside Out, Cross Gender Children: Manon

Sarah Wong
GVSU Collection
Digital Photograph
2003 – 2009
Artworks - Height: 30 in Width: 40 in
Three separate images in a row of a girl presumably as she ages. The first image is of a young girl posing out side. The second image is a close up of the girl wearing a white shirt, earrings and a necklace. The third image is of a teenage girl with dark curly hair wearing a purple shirt.
Historical Context:
In this group of work, artist Sarah Wong is drawn to idealistic and delicate subjects that demand a very positive approach. In the Dutch daily newspaper "De Volkskrant," Wong published a striking series of portraits in 2003 of cross-gender children titled "Inside Out." The portraits were published to make people aware and to inform them about this vulnerable group. On this project Wong reflects, "Gender-dysphoric children are searching from the depths of their being for a new identity. But how, as a photographer, can you show with any subtlety that girls are physically boys and vice versa?“