Memorializing the lives of transgender and gender non-conforming Americans through art and performance.
Project 42 addresses the pattern of violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people in the United States, providing both a form of memorialization and an entry point for engagement and discussion. Begun in 2012, the project’s name is taken from the short life expectancy of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals in the United States, which Vaughan estimates is forty-two years, based—in lieu of official data, which often excludes these identities—on third-party texts and research. The project will continue until 42 garments and memorial actions, one for each individual represented in the chronologically selected group are completed.
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About the artist
Jono Vaughan (b. 1977 London, UK) holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and a MFA from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. From 2009 – 2012 she worked as a Production Assistant at Graphicstudio where she helped create works for Alex Katz, Christian Marclay, Teresita Fernandéz, and others. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions, including the exhibitions MOTHA and Chris E. Vargas Present: Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects at the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington and We the People at the Minnesota Museum of American Art. Vaughan was the Betty Bowen Award recipient for 2017 and her exhibition Jono Vaughan: Project 42 was exhibited at Seattle Art Museum in 2018. In 2018 she was a finalist in the Open Media category for the Neddy Award presented by Cornish College of the Arts. An exhibition of her work in 2020 at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art will feature the first 21 works from the Project 42 series. Vaughan is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Bellevue College in Bellevue, Washington and is a member of the Board of Trustee’s at the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington in Seattle.