Misty and Jimmy Paulette in a taxi, NYC, 1991
giorgio moroder - from here to eternity
i like to photograph drag queens a lot because of colors and the dramatic. But i see them diferentely from the gender-queer trendie that fetichizes and put ‘performativity’ as a personal solution to patriarchy and heteronormativity in a postmodern view.
I don’t guess is pro-misoginity or imitation of heterosexual patterns the way they dress and behave - it is not travesti people that do the gender opression but the heterosexual-masculine hegemonic society. I guess they don’t even think about that, they are very marginalized so i see a desire of recognizing and freedom from falses identities of women and men made by a heterosexual-monogamic-sexual-contractualist system. I know that if there wasn’t gender binaries and patriarchy, travestis would never exist, as so as women and men. Like Monique Wittig (french lesbian philosopher) says, “the lesbian is not a women.” Women is a category created in a society of sexual inequality. One is not born women but turned into one. (Simone de Beauvoir).
I guess it’s hard for everyone of us to fit in gender roles, if wasn’t like this, wouldn’t have this lot of advertisings and all the educational system to teach us how to be women or men. Lesbians also can’t see themselves in these shapes of bodies and existence. I can’t and I know sometime in my life I wanted to look more androginous or hiper-glam in order to express something. To fuck with this opressive system that dictate what we have to be.
But well, i had the interrest in looking at these people to see it’s subjectivity and desire of diference. I guess they are not pro-patriarchy, i guess they are under it’s symbols so as any other person, everyone need to be loved and acepted. They are not reinforcing gender roles. They want to search their autenticity in what’s actually possible. And they in fact offend it system. Offend us and offend you. If it wasn’t true, there would be not a lot of deaths of them in my city. I wanted to rescue them in my look, look at them and made people look at their dignity, i think I can be solidary. I wanted. As a person. And it was a personal desire too. I want people to emerge like they are and seek.
I look to show the personhood. Des-coisificar. Vibrar e gerar reconhecimento. O processo do olhar na visibilidade é tão importante.