This research project aims to use the work of German film and theater maker Rainer Werner Fassbinder (°1945) as a guide to question the readability of non-(hetero)normative body images. Although Fassbinder's work has already been extensively studied in film and theater science, it offers a fascinating starting point to conduct an artistic practice-based research on the representation of (trans)gender and normative expectation patterns.
Fassbinder’s work offered a controversial view on (trans)gender, identity and sexuality. The question is whether this view is less relevant today, now that we are confronted, maybe more then ever, with body images that deviate from a (hetero)normative standard.
(c) Nienke Van Amelsfort