Iconic photographer Barry Lategan finds new muse ‘Ladyboy’ artist XXXora

Besi Besemar November 14, 2014

Barry Lategan is credited as one of the most prolific British fashion photographers of all time, being a Vogue front cover veteran, as well as discovering the first British supermodel Twiggy.


LATEGAN MET his newest muse, artist XXXora only one month ago at the Chelsea Arts Club and they have been collaborating artistically ever since.

He said: “I had never seen a girl like this in Silver before. I started photographing her straight away outside the Chelsea Arts Club with her friends. She gave me her business card and I just saw X’s, so now I call her “X”.

Lategan has travelled the world on assignments conveying models in modern and ancient lands, against the urban architectures and prehistoric landscapes.

From November  21-28 the Islington Arts Factory will host ‘The Silver Bo(X) – The Tree’, a joint art exhibition which sees Barry Lategan and XXXora cross-pollinate bodies of work and present the preliminary fruits of their labour.

Building on Lategan’s highly acclaimed photographic work of Trees which have appeared in some of the world’s most prestigious publications, such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Tatler, XXXora and her Silver Bo(X) serve as protagonist for this new series of photographic works.

Lategan’s work merges with XXXora’s ongoing Silver Bo(X) exhibitions which have been attended/supported by Graham Norton, Sir Derek Jacobi, Richard O’Brien, Frances Segelman, Courtney Love and Game of Thrones actresses Natalia Tena, Oona Chaplin and Lena Headey since their launch in 2014.

XXXora’s inaugural Silver Bo(X) exhibition brought her into the public consciousness earlier this year, appearing on the front cover of the Independent On Sunday and becoming the first “Ladyboy” artist to appear on the front cover of a British newspaper.

‘The Silver Bo(X) – The Tree’, invites the audience to witness the ignored Androgynous middle sexes that are foundational and exist in all aspects of nature, including our own species. Both artists thus revealing the true spectra of genders in nature and reclaiming the forgotten existence in Western Culture of Androgynous Genders.

Both artists will showcase a selection of these works to the public for the first time, including Lategan’s iconic Yew Tree photograph which was commissioned by Royal Mail for the official Millennium Stamp, on Saturday, November 15, taking centre stage at the Smirnoff supported Winter Pride Art Awards, which are being hosted at Tobacco Dock in East London .

XXXora was a finalist at last year’s Winter Pride Art Awards and returns this year with several performance art pieces which will be photographed by Barry Lategan for works to be exhibited in early 2015.

The first is called ‘The Binary Heard’ which will see two pet sheep (one black, one white) having their wool sheered into boxes and the other is called ‘The Ladyboy of Liberty’.

Barry Lategan and XXXora’s collaborative work will also be included in an exhibition of the Winners, Finalists and Runners-up of the Winter Pride Art Awards that will take place at new British art gallery Lacey Contemporary from November 18-29.