Anaïs Duplan, Bodybuilding, 2021, digital collage (artwork © Anaïs Duplan)

Anaïs Duplan, Bodybuilding, 2021, digital collage (artwork © Anaïs Duplan). Click on the image above to scroll through the collage in its entirety.

Download a PDF of Bodybuilding here and listen to the audio while making your own accordion book per the instructions below.

Anu Ambasna, illustration for making Bodybuilding into an accordion book, 2021 (made for Anaïs Duplan and reproduced with permission of the artist).

Further reading prepared by Nikki Gamboa

Bella, Tim, “Inside Trans Bodybuilding.” Al Jazeera America, November 28, 2015.

Rillark Bolton. “Fluid Realities: Exogenous Testosterone and the Multiplication of Transgender Worlds.” PhD diss., University of Sydney, 2020.

Cerankowski, K. J. “Praying for Pieces: A Practice in Building the Trans Body.” CrossCurrents 68, no. 4 (2018): 515–24.

Marshall, Kayala. “Negotiating Heteronormativity to Challenge Gender Inequality: What’s Happening on Instagram?” PhD diss., Massey University, 2019.

Mischke, Kelsey Jean. “Body Dissatisfaction, Body Projects, and Efficacy-Based Self-Esteem: Paths into Bodybuilding.” Masters thesis, North Carolina State University, 2019. 

Seamont, Morgan M. H. “Becoming ‘The Man I Want to Be’: Transgender Masculinity, Embodiment, and Sexuality.” PhD diss., University of Colorado, Boulder, 2018.

Anaïs Duplan is a trans* poet, curator, artist, and founder of the Center for Afrofuturist Studies, an artist residency program for artists of color. He is the author of I NEED MUSIC (Action Books, 2021) and a book of essays, Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture (Black Ocean, 2020), for which he won the 2021 QUEER|ART|PRIZE for recent work.

Nicole Archer, editor-in-chief of Art Journal Open, would like to thank Ace Lehner for their help facilitating this feature in its early stages.