ANNA PAIGE Montana Free Press
When Cohen Anaya was asked to participate in his first major museum exhibition, he turned the camera on himself. The Helena-based landscape photographer was selected to generate new art for an upcoming exhibition, “Transilience,” featuring the work of transgender, nonbinary, and two-spirit artists from in and around Montana.
Presented in partnership with TransVisible Montana, the exhibition will be on display at the Holter Museum of Art in Helena from Jan. 20 until March 30. After a statewide call to artists in 2022, nine people were selected to participate in the show, which will be exhibited in tandem with “Transcend,” featuring large-scale painted portraits by Rae Senarighi that celebrate transgender, two-spirit, and nonbinary individuals. Senarighi, who grew up in Missoula, has garnered attention for his artwork across the state with “You Are Loved” billboards, and his large-scale portraiture was recently featured on Netflix’s “The First Time I Saw Me.”
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