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Miriam Guttmann – Seahorse Parents
28 July 2023 - 27 September 2023
As part of Queer & Pride Amsterdam 2023, Foam is proud to present Seahorse Parents by renowned filmmaker and photographer Miriam Guttmann. In this project, Guttmann investigates gender and identity while challenging prevailing cultural ideas of femininity and masculinity. The artist’s whimsical images highlight and celebrate the image of pregnant transgender people.
About the exhibition
In the series, four pregnant transgender men proudly present themselves as ‘Seahorse Parents’, as the seahorse is the only species in the entire animal kingdom where the males are the baby carriers. What is a pregnant body ‘supposed’ to look like? How do these pregnant transgender men navigate a biased world? And what world do the parents hope to bring their children into?
While changing laws in the United States make it increasingly difficult for trans and non-binary people to maintain control over their bodies and choices, Liam (who is based in the US) participated in the project:
“I want the viewer to see that trans and non-binary people are just like all other people, and that we have the same desire to grow and love our families as cisgender people do. Seahorse Parents is about putting our stories out into the world. It shows our budding families in the most beautiful light.”
About the artist
Miriam Guttmann (b. 1994) is an Amsterdam-based documentary director and photographer. In her work, Miriam aims to broach sensitive subjects, such as identity, parent-child relationships, sexuality, and social injustice. Through her open attitude she strives to demonstrate the nuances of her subjects in a society prone to black-and-white thinking, to create empathy and reliability.
Her three-part series Seeds of Deceit was selected for the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, Pix Europa and was broadcast on Dutch television by the VPRO (2021). Her graduation film, with the same title, won several international awards. In 2020, Guttmann directed the documentary The Laws of the Sea, which was nominated for a Tegel, the most renowned Dutch prize for journalism. She is currently working on two feature-length documentaries called Front Row and Sanda Dia to be released in 2024 and 2025.