Inspired by Barbara Kruger
Inspired by Barbara Kruger




Trans Moon Landing

I was inspired by popular culture – the MTV moon man with the MTV flag — and the idea of using an iconic image from the moon landing when first starting my design.

For the Trans Moon landing, I used the patch tool to cut out the original American Flag pictured in the iconic moon landing photographic and the healing tool to make sure that the empty space from the deleted American flag blended in naturally to the grey hill in the background.

I then used the quick selection tool to cut out the sky/background in the photograph featuring the transgender community’s flag. After that I used the shift key + selection tool to proportionally resize the flag to fit on the pole in the original moon landing photo.

I believe this DIY manipulation adequately completes the task of the prompt because it is able to incorporate an iconic image and the topic of my project – Transgender rights/visibility in the United States. By utilizing the transgender flag and re-contextualizing the original moon landing image my photo manipulation makes the argument that is time to establish more awareness of and respect for transgender Americans.

(Just to cover my bases, also just for fun, I did a second photo manipulation as well)


I wanted to incorporate my love of art into the assignment as well as my project’s theme. I instantly thought of Barbara Kruger and her iconic: (Untitled) work 1989. The original piece of art, on view at the Broad, was inspired by the Women’s March on Washington and the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. Given the current political climate, as well as the fact that across the world men/women/ and gender non-conforming individuals marched just weeks ago, I felt that this was timely and appropriate for the assignment.  Often, transgender individuals in the US are victims

Often, transgender individuals in the US are victims to gender policing and policies that deter or plainly stop them from presenting their true gender i.e. not being able to take hormone treatments, gender reassignment surgery, etc. With that in mind, I felt that merging a trans icon with Kruger’s piece makes a visual argument regarding transgender rights and the body politics that are at play on an individual/institutional level.

I pulled an image from the Internet of prominent transgender American, activist and actress Laverne Cox from the Internet – making sure to find one that matched a similar portrait to the women that Kruger uses in her photographic silkscreen. I also pulled the Kruger piece from the Broad’s website.


  1. I cropped “Your body,” “is, a,” “battleground” – from Kruger’s silkscreen
  2. I made the Laverne photo black & white with the filter tool
  3. I then sliced the photo to divide her face down the middle and inverted the colors on the right side of her face using the adjustments>invert tool.
  4. I then took the cropped out text from the Kruger silkscreen and placed them in the same general locations as the original work of art.
  5. Finally, I used the rectangle tool to create the sided read border on the image.