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‘When you’re done, you stay human!’ What gender transition means to John

The German artist and printmaker Nina Hopf’s twin brother John was raised as a girl called Johanna. But, as he explains in Hopf’s intimate short film Eadem Cutis: The Same Skin, John has very little interest in dwelling on the past. He rejects the label ‘transgender’ and would rather just be seen as a man – and, above all, a human. Using abstract black-and-white animation seemingly drawn from impressions of a human body, Hopf’s immersive work draws viewers into her conversation with John to explore his view of his identity – including why, for him, transitioning meant finally feeling comfortable.

Director: Nina Hopf

14 June 2022

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