+1 The Beautiful Blend: Prints by Nguyen ThiThu Trang

Jan 5, 2012


Sophomore Nguyen Thi Thu Trang created the works included in this exhibition as an independent research project in Printmaking with Professor Sandra Wimer. Her goal was to bring awareness to issues surrounding people who were born intersex.

Intersex refers to a series of medical conditions in which a child’s genetic sex (chromosomes) and phenotypic sex (genital appearance) do not match, or are somehow different from the “standard” male or female.

About 1 in 2,000 babies are born visibly intersexed, while some others are detected later. The current medical protocol calls for the surgical “reconstruction” of these different but healthy bodies to make them “normal,” but this practice has become increasingly controversial as adults who went through the treatment report being physically, emotionally, and sexually harmed by such procedures.