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Transcendents

When: Tue., Oct. 17, 5-8 p.m. 2017

Burma and Thailand are overwhelmingly Buddhist, but even older, animistic spiritual traditions still exist. Like Buddhism, their long heritage doesn't prevent our times from having their say. To wit, in the past, most spirit mediums in those countries were women, but over time men have been integrated into the tradition; some dress as women while they are in a ritual trance, while others live full-time as women, becoming what we in the West would call transgender. In Transcendents: Spirit Mediums in Burma and Thailand, her new photo book from Hillsborough's Daylight Books, photographer Mariette Pathy Allen (with Eli Coleman, director of the University of Minnesota's Program in Human Sexuality) turns her lens on a vibrant juncture where an ancient culture bends to meet modernity. As a part of the Click! Photography Festival, Allen has a pop-up exhibit of the photos and a book signing at Power Plan Gallery on Tuesday, with an artist talk at 6:30 anchoring the reception. —Brian Howe

Price: Free

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