Throughout its history, art has proven to be a mighty tool of expression and has been giving voice to individuals and communities across our planet. It helped and continues to help many fights for equality and tolerance – think of the powerful feminist art movement of the 1970s which arose against very patriarchal tendencies. But when it comes to the transgender or genderqueer people, their own history and art has been a rather small part of the larger LGBT circle, but those times began to change with the foundation of the Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Art. No, that’s not a typo – they use “hirstory” on purpose, mixing pronoun “hir” and “history”, for a gender-neutral history all their own. The Museum, of MOTHA, finally puts in the spotlight entire generations of creative, talented artists who have contributed to our culture silently and almost invisibly, up until now, and promises to become a home for generations of transgender art makers to come.
Lili Elbe was a transgender Danish painter who was among the first-ever documented recipients of sex reassignment surgery. The story of Lili and her partner Greta were the inspiration for the film The Danish Girl.