Premiered at the group show 'Mexico Cool Tour' on Nov 21st 2018, MOTHER is a 150x90cm installation with LEDs, now on permanent display at Cápitan Gallo nightclub in Mexico City.
About the piece:
Over the past year, much of my work has been concerned with trans women in Mexico City and I increasingly understood that the problem with the place of trans people in society has nothing to do with how people perceive them, but everything to do with how people perceive themselves in relation to them.
I have been dismayed by some of the attitudes displayed toward trans people, which, to my surprise, have often come from those who consider themselves part of the LGBTQ community.
Some have expressed a moral superiority to my work, suggesting that I don't have the right to be doing it, that I shouldn't be portraying trans people as nudes, that I am exploiting them, or, perhaps most offensive of all, that I should '...show them doing the shopping to humanise them'. (!!) People are humans ffs...
So why do these (non-trans) people feel they have the authority to say these things? 'Just tell them to fuck off,' was the advice I received from one of my models. And she's probably right.
MOTHER is a work full of contradictions: flat yet three dimensional, monochrome and technicolour, cheap but priceless - passive but active... But most of all it is both a mirror and a window: You are no more relevant than a trans person.
About the model:
Flores is from Argentina and had decided she no longer wanted to be a trans, so had her breast implants removed, but by that time they had become so large because of the female hormones she had been taking that even without the implants they were still pretty big. Wanting to escape her life in Argentina she was told that she could make money working as an escort, and began travelling internationally - I met her here in Mexico City. Usually my models are nude, but Flores was comfortable wearing her go-go boots - which lend an aggressive coolness to the image. Open and amiable, she was very proud of the images we made (some of which are included in my album cover box set).
She spoke good english and told me that the next day she was travelling to a port on the west coast of Mexico, as she knew of a ship that was coming in and that she was hoping to find many clients among the sailors. After that she planned to go to Amsterdam, despite not knowing anyone there. There are a disproportionate number of trans people working in the sex industry, but that is not a reason to judge them. I hope Flores stays safe.