Miriam Guttmann Seahorse Parents

Press release | Amsterdam, July 2023

As part of Queer & Pride Amsterdam 2023, Foam presents Seahorse Parents, a project which highlights and celebrates the image of pregnant transgender people. The presentation by renowned filmmaker and photographer Miriam Guttmann consisting of a documentary and a series of photographs will be exhibited at Foam.

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In the series, four pregnant transgender men proudly present themselves as ‘Seahorse Parents’, as the seahorse is the only species in the entire animal kingdom where the males are the baby carriers.

Guttmann, together with these four transgender men, investigates gender and identity and seeks to challenge prevailing cultural ideas of femininity and masculinity. What is a pregnant body ‘supposed’ to look like? How do these pregnant transgender men navigate a biased world? And what world do the parents hope to bring their children into? 

While changing laws in the United States make it increasingly difficult for trans and non-binary people to maintain control over their bodies and choices, Liam (who is based in the US) participated in the project:

“I want the viewer to see that trans and non-binary people are just like all other people, and that we have the same desire to grow and love our families as cisgender people do. Seahorse Parents is about putting our stories out into the world. It shows our budding families in the most beautiful light.”

male person in deep waters

Liam, Seahorse Parents, 2022

© Miriam Guttmann.

image of legs in deep water

Liam II, Seahorse Parents, 2022

© Miriam Guttmann.

person carrying child in deep waters

Ruben & child, Seahorse Parents, 2022

© Miriam Guttmann.

About the artist

Miriam Guttmann (b. 1994) is an Amsterdam-based documentary director and photographer. In her work, Miriam aims to broach sensitive subjects, such as identity, parent-child relationships, sexuality, and social injustice. Through her open attitude she strives to demonstrate the nuances of her subjects in a society prone to black-and-white thinking, to create empathy and relatability. Her three-part series Seeds of Deceit was selected for the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, Prix Europa and was broadcast on Dutch television by the VPRO (2021). Her graduation film, with the same title, won several international awards. In 2020, Guttmann directed the documentary The Laws of the Sea, which was nominated for a Tegel, the most renowned Dutch prize for journalism. She is currently working on two feature-length documentaries called Front Row and Sanda Dia to be released in 2024 and 2025.

Seahorse Parents can be seen from 27 July until 27 September at Foam. Open daily 10.00 – 18.00 hrs, Thurs/Fri 10.00 – 21.00 hrs.

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