Jun 17, 2019 | By: Zero Dark Nerdy - Chris Wildrick
Hi there folks. As you may know, I am a cosplayer but also an art professor at Syracuse University.
My school is having a faculty exhibition this fall.
What I would like to do with my space in the exhibition is show images of people who would consider themselves part of a marginalized group within society, and who in some way use their cosplay to make themselves more visible, or to combat standard social notions of their identity.
If you feel like you're a part of a marginalized group--you can define it however you like, but certainly that includes people of color, immigrants, women, LGBTQ+ people, people who face religious discrimination, people who are neurodiverse and face mental or emotional challenges, people who are “disabled,” and people whose bodies don’t fit within supermodel norms--then send me a photo with:
• your name
• your character name
• the name of the photographer
• and an explanation of how the costume connects to your identity.
Examples: • Maybe you don't fit in with conventional standards of beauty or weight, but think you look great in your costume anyway. • Maybe you costume with a disability. • Maybe you have emotional challenges and cosplaying helps you get past that. • Maybe you want to increase the visibility of people of color. • Maybe you want to show that women's costumes don't have to be designed with men in mind. • Maybe you do crossplay, genderbending, or play off of other stereotypes.
Pretty much anyone who feels like they don't fit in to society's expectations, but costuming helps them feel normal, special, more visible, or more respected would be a great fit for this project.
You can message me with your photo and info through FB, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.