Provincetown Magazine discusses Jess T. Dugan’s exhibition To Survive on This Shore currently on view at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. For over five years, photographer Jess T. Dugan and social worker Vanessa Fabbre traveled throughout the United States creating To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults. Seeking subjects whose lived experiences exist within the complex intersections of gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, sexuality, socioeconomic class, and geographic location, they traveled from coast to coast, to big cities and small towns, documenting the life stories of this important but largely underrepresented group of older adults.
Writer Steve Desroches for Provincetown Magazine says:
Partners in life and in this project, [Jess T. Dugan and Vanessa Fabbre] crisscrossed the country collecting the stories and images of often overlooked people. So much in our culture is porcessed through youth, wealth, and celebrity, but in To Survive on This shore the portraits are of older, everyday people being their authentic selves, which, considering the obstacles, makes them extraordinary.
The exhibition runs May 10 – June 30, 2019.