Interview of Matthais Kodat

Matthais Kodat shares his thoughts on the insufficient representation of binary trans people, his own relationship to butch lesbianism and trans-masculinity, and how being trained in classical Ballet influenced his experience of gender identity. Matthais, who works between poetry, tattooing, and dancing in the collective Ballez, weaves together these interests as a process of reclaiming one’s own body. He unpacks the meaning of trans-panic and the medical ethics of transitioning in one’s youth and then elaborates on what utopic queer communes could look like influenced by his interests in herbalism and historical record: most recently mining the Lesbian Herstory and Gerber/Hart archives. Kodat ends by invoking the Wittgenstein quote: “The limits of our language are the limits of our world,” as an extension of language and poetry’s power to affect change within political hierarchies.

Date of Interview:

November 19, 2019

Location of Interview:

Aviva's apartment

Place of birth:

Boston, Massachusetts

Pronouns:

He/Him

Interviewed by

Aviva Silverman