‘THE WALK’ to question people’s perception on trans rights

August 12, 2020

Performance artist Filip Canha is to perform THE WALK, a ground-breaking visual piece addressing  people’s perception on Trans Rights, acceptance and vulnerability, in Brighton on Saturday, August 15.

THE WALK will start at 3pm from Brighton Coach Park, Madeira Drive BN2 1FN and Filip will walk all the way to the Sea Life Centre in Brighton.

Filip Canha’s work looks at queer and feminist performance aesthetics and theory; performative approaches to action/protest/activism in performance; relationship between difficulty and emotion (Affect) in art; technology; object and performance; and Body Politics: Performing Identity – Feminist and Queer Philosophies; transgenderism and performative notions of preconceived norms of masculinity and femininity. In Filip’s practice, they have been reinforcing ideas of latinix, genderqueer and affect.

It took Filip 582 hours to hand print the fabric of this costume, which has a 1950s Dior shape and features a train 10 metres in length. The performance, which embodies the struggle and perseverance of trans and non-binary lives, intends to show the trans history of resilience but also seeks to point out the setbacks in the decades-long struggle for self-identification.

Filip says: ‘[THE WALK] shows that the repealing of the Gender Recognition Act (2004) and reform is undemocratic, explicitly harmful to trans lives, and has stunted the progress made on trans rights in the UK during the past 15 years.

‘As well as this, the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests have posed questions that we as allies cannot ignore regarding the wellbeing and safety of black transgender people, particularly black transgender women.

‘We are currently seeing the government amend laws to make it more complicated for trans people to transition and access facilities such as toilets and changing rooms. The performance depicts an intersectional approach to Trans Rights since ‘there is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives” – Audre Lorde.”

Tickets: Free

Performance & Fabric print: Filip Canha

Dressmaker: Kim Warren from Warren and Tapp

Hair: Darren O’Donoghue

Special Thanks: Emma Fielden, Molly Rodriguez, Sarah Savage, Cass Hoskins, Stevie Doherty, Hassan Hassan, Qudus Hassan, Lis Telcs, Ashleigh James Thomas.