Winner, Jhalak Prize 2023
Travis Alabanza, None of the Above
Travis Alabanza has won the Jhalak Prize for None of the Above - their ‘beautiful book of intense vulnerability, generosity and humour.’ In None of the Above, Alabanza examines seven phrases people have directed at them about their gender identity. Through these seven phrases, which include some of their most transformative experiences as a Black, mixed race, non-binary person, Alabanza turns a mirror back on society, giving us reason to question the very framework in which we live and the ways we treat each other. None of the Above was praised by the judges for ‘presenting us with a voice that's rarely heard, often stifled and desperately important.’
"Travis Alabanza's book has a reflective quality that touches the heart and engages the mind. It feels like being invited into someone's interiority." - Anthony Vahni Capildeo
"None of the Above is a vulnerable and urgent exploration of non-binary identities. I read it from cover to cover in one sitting, and I know that I'll return to it again." – Haleh Agar
"Alabanza writes with extraordinary generosity, vulnerability and thoughtfulness, presenting us with a voice that's rarely heard, often stifled and desperately important." - Monisha Rajesh
Artist Sharon Adebisi has created the trophy for Travis Alabanza's None of the Above. Sharon’s signature style of using a monochrome black background in her work was developed during a period in which she experienced a loss of identity in everything but her race. Her work for the Jhalak Prize is titled ‘Blessing’ and has been created with acrylic on a circular canvas. The strong colours reinforce the key themes of healing and hope for the future.
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