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Sara Davidmann : Ken. To be destroyed

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Schilt Publishing releases first book of 2016 with Ken. To be destroyed by Sara Davidmann. Edited by Val Williams. This project began with an archive and a discovery. The British artist, Sara Davidmann and her siblings inherited letters and photographs belonging to her uncle and aunt, Ken and Hazel Houston, from her mother, Audrey Davidmann. The letters chronicled the relationship between Ken and Hazel. Hazel had been a dental secretary. Ken practiced as an optician in Edinburgh. It emerged soon after they were married that Ken was transgender. In the context of a British marriage in the 1950s, this inevitably profoundly affected both their own relationship and their relationships with the people around them. They remained together from 1954 to the end of Ken’s life. They had no children.

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