Mexican artists present transgender photography exhibit in Uruguay

    11 de abril de 2018

    Montevideo, Apr 11 (efe-epa).- Two Mexican artists presented here Wednesday the photography exhibit "Seres de Luz" ("Beings of Light"), through which they seek to extol the luminosity of trans people to "eradicate homophobia and transphobia," Gabriel Pineda and Gerardo Estrada, the photographers who created the exhibit in 2012, told EFE.

    The collection had already been presented in other countries, including the United States, Spain, France and South Africa, before arriving at the Embassy of Mexico in Uruguay as part of Montevideo's second Trans Art Week.

    "Historically speaking, trans people were the ones who started the fight for LGBT rights. We are now in the millennium's second decade, marked by the visibility and empowerment of trans people, and we as homosexuals are greatly indebted to them," Pineda said.

    The photographs are portraits of trans people merged with a bright white background, which was the way the artists sought to extol their "luminosity."

    Although most photos are almost completely white with discrete black contour lines, some images include other colors to highlight certain elements like the people's gloves, eyes or lips.

    Pineda said that light is essential to eliminate social ills such as homophobia, transphobia and misogyny.

    "We are attempting to show that love is common to everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, economic situation," he said.

    A wide range of activities will take place throughout Montevideo during Trans Art Week, including concerts, plays, conferences and photography exhibitions from Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Germany and Uruguay.