A portrait of Carmen Rupe will be added to the collection on Wednesday as part of a new exhibition at the gallery, called Poutokomanawa: The Carmen Rupe Generation.

The exhibition was aimed at honouring a generation of transgender women in New Zealand who had broken down barriers for today’s transgender community.

[…] Co-curator Chanel Hati said figures like Rupe acted as pou (pillars) for the transgender community using their visibility and positions in the community to pave the way for future generations.

[…]The exhibition will feature portraits and stories of other trailblazing transgender women Georgina Beyer, Dana de Milo and Chrissy Witoko, and work by transgender artists.

[…] The centrepiece of the exhibition, however, was the portrait of Rupe, painted by her friend Nicolette Page, who gifted it to the gallery.