Labeled is a live performance based on images and descriptions of trans bodies in medical and police archives from the late 1800s through the mid-century. The presence of trans images in these archives highlights the history of scrutiny and surveillance that continues to frame trans experience.
Working in collaboration with artist Leah James, a series of handmade, porcelain labels are sewn onto the artist's body. Photographic images are taken from the perspective of the piercer once all labels are installed. After the images are captured, one by one, Grey cuts away each dropping them to shatter on the floor.
Images courtesy the artist with Leah James, Brad Farwell, and Sara Jimenez