You Are You documents an annual weekend summer camp for gender non-conforming children and their families. This camp offers a temporary safe haven where children can freely express their interpretations of gender alongside their parents and siblings without feeling the need to look over their shoulders.
This body of work speaks out against intolerance while sharing with the viewer the beautiful spark of these children. I intend for the essay to serve as a guidepost for parents and the general public who struggle with their own uncertainties and prejudices with regard to the gender unique population.
This is a place of acceptance. A place which can serve as a model for a society in which the first generation of children able to express an openly gender variant childhood will come of age.
Lindsay Morris began her studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and holds a BFA from the University of Michigan School of Art. Since 2006, she has been photo editor for Edible East End magazine.
Morris’ work has been published in The New York Times Magazine (cover story), GEO Germany and GEO International, Loupe, PDN, Marie Claire, Elle, Internazionale, Haaretz Israel and Sunday Life Australia, and has been featured on photography blogs Fraction, Slate/Behold, WPO, ABCNews.com and the Huffington Post. She was a 2013 Critical Mass finalist and nominee for the 2013 Margaret Cameron Award.
Recent exhibitions include Photoville’s, The Fence, Brooklyn and Atlanta, a solo show at the Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, “Ctrl+P” at the Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, and The University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Upcoming shows include Sous Les Etoiles, NY and a solo show at RayKo, San Francisco in June. Her forthcoming book, You Are You, will be published in partnership with Kehrer Verlag, Germany, Spring 2015.
Morris resides and works on the East End of Long Island with her family.
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