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Announcing the 2018 Robert Giard Foundation Fellowship Winner

At the 8th Annual Robert Giard Foundation Fellowship Benefit on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, the foundation’s board announced this year’s fellowship winner in photography: Roberto Tondopó (right). His project, "Holy Glorious San Sebastian”, depicts the Chuntás, men who dress as women and dance during the Fiesta Grande of Chiapas, Mexico. The $7,500 Robert Giard Fellowship is the one of the largest such awards given anywhere to a visual artist dealing with subject matter on sexuality and gender identity. Mr. Tondopo said “This award allows me to bring to the world stories of the Chiapas LGBTQ community from outside of a culturally hegemonic perspective. The Chuntás are so unusual and powerful because they represent and revitalize the life, religion, and celebrations of Chiapas, while at the same time confronting the patriarchal structures in their natural immersion in the religious culture in which they are. Despite the machismo that exists in Chiapas, the local population is not scandalized by the Chuntás performance, but instead celebrate it. This is the paradox of a city that both hides and is fascinated by the latent homosexuality of its religious rites and celebrations." The fellowship benefit took place at the Penumbra Foundation, where guests were delighted to meet this year’s Guest of Honor, National Book Award-winning writer and activist Masha Gessen (left). Gessen is a staff writer at the New Yorker, the author of nine books, including The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, which won the National Book Award in 2017. She also wrote The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin.  She is a visiting professor at Amherst College, and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, a Nieman Fellowship, and the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Commentary.

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Join The Robert Giard Foundation at its Eighth Annual Fellowship Benefit

With special guest of honor Masha Gessen National Book Award-winning writer and activist Tuesday, June 19, 2018 — 7:00-8:30 pm At the Penumbra Foundation 36 East 30th Street New York, NY 10016 Proceeds from this event will support the annual Robert Giard Fellowship for emerging photographers and filmmakers working on themes of gender, sexuality, and the LGBTQ+ experience. Meet enthusiastic supporters and artists over cocktails. All donors will be listed in the event program if they respond by May 30. Go to New York Charities to purchase tickets online, or contact us at [email protected] All contributions in excess of $50 per ticket are tax-deductible.

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PJ Raval’s “Call Her Ganda” Premieres at Tribeca Film Festival

P.J. Raval’s documentary “Call Her Ganda”  received its world premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. P.J. Raval was the 2017-18 Robert Giard fellowship winner  and we are pleased to have provided financial support for the completion of this powerful film. To learn more visit http://www.callherganda.com.  

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Audre Lorde — Reading Resistance Project

The Reading Resilience Project has chosen Robert Giard’s portrait of Audre Lorde to publicize its work. The Project, part of Yale University’s Bass Library events to honor of Black History Month, encourages students to recommend and read books by authors of color. 

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Sylvia Ray Rivera

In Toronto, a community-based youth group has created a series of 11 posters about glbtq+ heroes. They have chosen Robert Giard’s portrait of Sylvia Ray Rivera to depict this transwoman of color who was on the frontlines of the 1969 Stonewall uprising in New York City. Here is link to the story that appeared on January 31 in the Toronto Globe and Mail. ›››

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