Measured Transition 2016-2021
This is the culmination of a five-year durational performance around the subject of top surgery, which began with Bowler shaving his head after first going to his GP to ask to be referred to an NHS gender identity clinic.
He grew his hair since that first appointment to visually depict the wait it takes to get surgery within UK healthcare. This filmed performance marks the end of Bowler’s wait: four years, nine months and three days.
Claye uses a surgical scalpel, the same kind as the one used in the surgery, to methodically cut off his hair whilst an audio of the questions asked within the GIC is played into the room.
Performed by & Audio composition - Claye Bowler
Audio text - Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health Voice
Acting -August A.Jess Virtua, Persie Rolley- Parnell, Shep Cameron
Cinematography & edit - Bea Goddard
Photography - Arlo Lawton
Commissioned by Yorkshire Sculpture International