Carpintarias de São Lázaro
Rua de São Lázaro 72, 1150-199 Lisboa
5ª a dom. - 12:00 > 18:00
29/09 - 29/10/2023
Corinne Mariaud :: Eui-Jip Hwang :: Katerina Tsakiri :: Nuno Andrade :: Pedro Gomes Almeida
AQUI DRAGÕES. The series Aqui Dragões highlights people who intervene on their bodies, deconstructing them, reconstructing them, transforming them and performing them. Some make their body a banner, the emblem of their commitments. They use it to affirm their identity but also to transform society. I make portraits of people who do not recognize themselves in either the masculine or the feminine and identify as non-binary and people in transition, particularly FtoM (female to male) Some transmasculines have their breasts removed before taking testosterone. Others bandage their chest to erase it, still others take testosterone without removing their breasts. They highlight multiplicity of possibilities. This space of transition is a journey through identities These people are in the midst of change, outside any territory, migrants from their gender of origin. By posing topless, exposing their deconstructed, reconstructed body, they assert their presence. Their approach is political, it revolutionizes the rules set up by society, they are "dissidents of the regime of sexual difference" affirms Paul B. Preciado for whom men and women are social and ideological constructions, "Political fictions". They raise the question of the recognition of identities, individual choices and total freedom to dispose of one's body. Social networks allow trans and non-binary people to communicate across the world and to connect and support each other. Thus they create new territories. *Hic sunt dracones, ”Here be dragons”, means unexplored territories, in imitation of a medieval practice of putting illustrations of dragons and other mythological creatures on unknown areas of maps.
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“Live your dream” explores South Korea’s renewal of Korean identity remolded by the mass production of its rising popular culture. The modernization of the culture has emphasized one’s appearance as the utmost priority, shaped by advertising (illusions of perfection; a form of propaganda) and the influence of the Eurocentric beauty standards. Without an appearance-altering plastic surgery or an application of cosmetics, the society collectively agrees that you are not the product of modern Korea. Constructing digitally manipulated photo collages using the archives of before-and-after images, beauty advertisements, and male grooming guides, the project defines today’s Korean identity beyond gender and sexuality.
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“A simple place” (2016-2018)
The series “A Simple Place” consists of 12 photographic self-portraits. It’s about reenactments of the self and space, based on staged and scenographical simplicity, as well as the obsession of repetition. The series capitalises those elements attempting to examine/approach the dipole simplicity multiplicity of the self-persona, through the atmosphere of an anticipation where everything changes whilst staying the same. “Nothing has ever changed since I have been here. But I dare not infer from this that nothing ever will change.” Samuel Beckett, The Unamable
"Floresta do Ginjal" was the most famous restaurant on the Ginjal pier, in Cacilhas*. Opened in the 1930s, it quickly became a meeting point for people from both banks of the river, a sure choice for numerous luncheons, parties, and weddings.
Seven decades later it closed its doors never to open them again. It was the end of an era.
O antigo espaço renasceu posteriormente sob a forma de sala de bailes. Transformou-se num lugar mágico e misterioso, povoado por personagens fascinantes: amantes, sonhadores, solitários, eternos conquistadores... Todos partilhando um tempo que só ali existe.
The space was later repurposed as a ballroom. It has become a mysterious and magical place, peopled by fascinating characters: lovers, dreamers, loners, inveterate seducers... They all come to share a time that exists only there.
PEDRO GOMES ALMEIDA
ENTRE AS MARGENS DO SER
The term “trans” is used to refer to a person who has abandoned the identity that was assigned to them at birth to embrace that which is their own, in a process known as gender transition. The transition often implies a transformation of the body, so that gender and body identity coincide, defining new territories, bodies on the border between masculine and feminine.
Just as the transition creates topographical relief in the body, the territory and the landscape are also mutable – on a superior time scale. Based on this principle, I searched for symbolic states in the landscape that linked to the idea of transition and to the assumptions revealed in the dialogues I had with the people I photographed.
I crossed border territories, where everything is altered: the occupation, the geology, the orography, just as the relief of the body is altered with the process of gender transition.
This work was developed within the scope of the Narrative Masterclass 2021.