Welcome to the official website of British artist - Ela Xora.
Ela Xora is a visual and performance artist from London, specializing in hallmarked 999 silver masks. Xora's art exhibitions have been widely covered in the press and the artist even appeared on the front cover of the Independent On Sunday for her exhibition "The Silver Bo(X)".
Xora recently held her latest exhibition "Signs of Intersex People" at the University of Cambridge and at the Guernika Gallery in Soho, London. Xora recently previewed some of the exhibition and its narrative at the Royal College of Art, after being asked by Head of Fashion and Boudicca label owner Zowie Broach to give a presentation. Xora has amassed a significant celebrity following, with Stephen Fry recently promoting her forthcoming exhibition on social media, also signing her new art campaign for the UK gov to finally announce an Intersex Equality Inquiry alongside Ian McKellen.
Xora has had an incredibly productive year so far, having completed an exhibition at the Limehwharf Gallery in East London's central art hub called "Born that Way : Unmasking Intersex People" with art works from this exhibition published by the Independent On Sunday and the BBC among others. The exhibition had an exclusive 2 part launch at the University of Cambridge, with Lady C aka Georgina Ziadie being the muse for the exhibition, alongside best selling intersex author Joe Holliday and Suz Temko, both nominated on this years Independent On Sunday Rainbow List. Xora also premiered her new 999 silver hallmarked masks of largely forgotten Intersex deities in early Western culture in an exhibition called "Through a glass, darkly : Unmasking ancient deities and intersex identities", which took place at the Museum of Classical Archaeology in Cambridge alongside the first ever public recital of aural art narrated by Game of Thrones and film actresses Natalia Tena and Lena Headey. The exhibition also broke boundaries by incorporating the first ever public exhibition of the Borghese Hermaphroditus sculpture created by celebrity sculptress Frances Segelman and Xora the year before at a joint exhibition called "Swallowed Phanes, Castrated Agdistis, Captured Hermaphroditus"
Museum of classical archaeology at University of Cambridge - "Through a glass, darkly ; Unmasking ancient deities and intersex identities"
World Arts - Born That Way
World Arts - 'Through a glass, darkly"
Artlyst - "Through a glass, darkly"
During 2015 Xora launched a series of exhibitions called "Prime Minister, No More Scars" which gained significant coverage in the UK press, including The Independent, BBC, Artlyst and World Arts.
Xora was delighted to be one of the judges at the 2015 Rainbow List for The Independent On Sunday. Xora was featured every week in the Independent On Sunday for a month and was recently interviewed about her role in this years historic event, which will for the first time in its history recognise Intersex people, being rebranded the LGBTI Rainbow List-
Xora Interview - The Independent on Sunday
Xora profile - The Independent On Sunday
Xora new exhibition - The Independent On Sunday
Xora and her art sparks challenge to UK government for intersex peoples rights
In 2015 Xora also exhibited new paintings at the Clear Lines Festival in London which featured in numerous publications-
Xora began an Artist In Residency at Limewharf Gallery in East London's art hub during 2015, hosting a series of exhibitions on the exclusion of full Intersex and Transgender Human Rights in UK law. The first of these was called "The Castration of Agdistis, Cybele, Sarah and many others" which was exclusively featured by BBC World Service and includes poetry narrated by Filmstars and Game of Thrones leading actresses Lena Headey and Natalia Tena. The second exhibition "The Decay (and Disorder) of Lying - Prime Minister No More Scars" included a collaborative work with Frances Segelman and a large collection of other artists.
Xora's 2014 exhibitions saw her gain considerable acclaim for her art. Xora appeared on the front cover of the Independent On Sunday for her Silver Bo(X) exhibition, as well as appearing in The Mail on Sunday, The Evening Standard and art press (please see press page for links). The artist also presented a joint exhibition with Frances Segelman, celebrity sculptress gaining significant acclaim for her sculptures-
Artlyst - The Captured Hermaphroditus
World Arts - The Captured Hermaphroditus
Xora's final 2014 exhibition, was her photographic collaboration with iconic photographer Barry Lategan, with the preview hosted by Tobacco Docks, although the actual exhibition at Islington Arts Factory was cancelled due to legal reasons.
Xora muse for Iconic Photographer Barry Lategan - Artlyst
Xora was also asked by Art For Youth director Caitlin Mavroleon to exhibit art works in the annual Art For Youth exhibition at Royal College of Art, where she sold one of her Metaportraits of Grace Jones. Xora was thrilled to also have been asked by RCA fashion director Zowie Broach to give a talk about her work at the Royal College of Art, during Frieze week.
Xora was also asked to donate art works alongside other prominent artists such as Frances Segelman, Tracey Emin, Mark Quinn, Gavin Turk, Idris Khan and Xavier Mascaro for the BE INSPIRED Auction which was hosted by The Saatchi Gallery, to raise vital funds for inspirational arts engagement programmes run for disadvantaged children by The Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts (Children & the Arts).
Xora is also thrilled to announce the premiere of her new collection of paintings in 2016 based on portraiture of the golden sport horses she breeds and produces for international show jumping. The first paintings using 24 carat gold dust are called "For the Love of Gold (The Palomino)" and "For the Love of Gold (The Buckskin).
Lena Headey, Graham Norton, Sir Derek Jacobi, Frances Segelman, Natalia Tena, Richard O'Brien
and Courtney Love have all signed
The Silver Bo(X). Have you?
The Silver Bo(X)
According to Xora the Silver Bo(X) is "an art crusade headed for the UK Government, that calls for full and equal human rights for Intersex and Transgender people in UK law. The United Nations scathing report on the "torture" of Intersex children under most world laws must be addressed immediately, the UK Government can no longer mask the existence of the actual biological spectrum of genders that exist by providing only two exclusive black and white binary boxes for gender. These statements are echoed by two independent reports against the abuse of Transgender and Intersex people by the European Council and human rights charities like Amnesty International which WILL NOT be ignored any longer because everyday thousands are suffering by legal prejudice akin to "torture". Current UK laws continue to lie about the spectral biodiversity that ACTUALLY exists in our species and all species around us. Presently systematic genital mutilation on babies born with non stereotypical sexual genitals who do not consent to this irreversible and barbaric "corrective" surgery is LEGAL and is often carried out for purely cosmetic reasons. The Silver Bo(X) seeks equal human rights for these children especially and insists that each human should have the right to decide what genitals and gender is instinctive to them. Gender can not be assigned, there are a huge array of historical examples to prove this. The Silver Bo(X) also demands that Intersex and Transgender people should not be disqualified from International sport and that the biological spectrum of gender must be finally recognised in law and culture. The Silver Bo(X) finally demands that Athletes such as Caster Semenya must be given very public apologizes by the sporting organisations that disqualified them and that sporting competition must be for all human beings, regardless of biological gender".
"The Silver Bo(X) also seeks recognition of Intersex people in law by providing a third (X) ID box on all legal documents, but only for those consenting to it. Whilst most people are born and identify as either male or female, others are born somewhere in the middle of this spectrum of sex with atypical sexual organs (genitals or brain as it is the biggest and most important sex organ of all), but are then modified surgically and/or psychologically so that they adhere to the traditional and forced black and white exclusive Gender Binary, despite this going against their own nature, causing them unnecessary suffering and life long trauma. Unisex Genders are being systematically abused at present because under current UK law we are completely invisible. It is estimated that commonly 1 in 1500 babies is born with non stereotypical external genitalia but that the percentage of Intersex humans is far higher because many others are born with stereotypically male or female genitalia but are born with internal or chromosomal or other hormonal variance, So each day babies in this country are at risk of being genitally mutilated LEGALLY. No one chooses the body they are born into, our physical bodies are given to us in a lottery of life and no human being should be abused and discriminated against because of their biology. Equal human rights are not for the majority, they must be for everybody. We should all have the human right to identify according to our own instinct and nature. Androgyny isn't just fashion, Androgyny is a genetic reality. Unisex blossoms all around us in nature, existing in every species including our own. Trees, plants, grasses are predominantly Unisex and without them our species and the living world around us would not exist, so it is a categorical lie to say Androgyny is "unnatural" and a "Disorder" because Unisex is an intrinsic aspect of nature all around us. Life has evolved from a single Unisex cell state via Darwinian Evolution and we all still share a legacy to this beginning because a combination of both Testosterone and Estrogen still runs through the veins of each and every single one of us today.
It is scientifically incorrect to legally categorize gender in only two monochromed boxes because in nature gender is a spectral entity, with biologically Intersex humans also existing on a spectrum of genetic and genital possibilities. We must listen to the United Nations, the European Council of Europe, Amnesty International etc etc who have labelled the treatment of Trans and Intersex people as "torture". We must recognise Androgyny and thus the scale of biological genders as a facet of our species and of every species that has evolved into a predominantly separate sex state. It should be noted that LGBTI animals are also documented in every species that we have been able to study properly around us. If we do not change UK law and accept the scientifically proven spectral biodiversity of our own species, then these laws continue to lie, they continue to genitally mutilate, they continue to humiliate and they continue to enslave. If the Government continues to ignore us, we continue to live under a Gender Binary dictatorship with a legal Gender Hierarchy that continues to exacerbate the suffering and exclusion of Transgender and Intersex people, as has been the case for thousands of years since the Greco Roman period."
Click here to view The Silver Bo(X) petition