'Self Portrait with Red Skirt' Poster Print by Nelson Morales
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TRNK Editions presents MIEN - a cross-section of queer artists of color who leverage portraiture photography to explore identity beyond visibility. 100% of proceeds will be donated to The Ali Forney Center.
Rather than presenting queerness as a cultural homology, these images take authorship over individual lived experience while acknowledging contributions to a representative body politic. Expressly, by bringing these diverse works in conversation with one another, this show makes legible the inherent tension between community and self.
Each work is presented as a limited-edition, 20"x30" poster ($75 Unframed, $250 Framed). 100% of proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Ali Forney Center to combat LGBTQ youth homelessness in NYC.
This poster is derived from a work titled 'Self Portrait with Red Skirt' by Mexican artist Nelson Morales.
Long time ago, I had the strength to express openly my sexual orientation, but the acceptance of my sexual preferences has not been enough for totally defining me. In this process, I began to establish a relationship of admiration and desire for the muxhes of the Isthmus in Oaxaca, where I am come from. For several years, I have explored their lives, I have discovered their fantasies, and gradually I have appeared in their photographs, accepting to play in their performances. With this project, I try to understand my own identity, perhaps identify in myself a dual identity as theirs, but still, an indefinite one.
This project has the idea of creating a series of self-portraits, in which I am part of my own community in Union Hidalgo, in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. I intervene my town with my presence, a transfigured or transgressive one. I try to explore the sensuality that exists between genders. I use the photography language to create and recreate my hidden relationship with muxhe’s sensuality, to discover my own sensuality.
Nelson has dedicated himself completely to photography since 2008. His work focuses mainly on issues of gender, body, identity and sexual diversity. His work has been exhibited globally, including Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Canada, Portugal, Malaysia, India, Brazil, Argentina and Columbia, to name a few. His achievements include Finalist in the FOLA Photobook Award (2018) and First Place in the Pride Photo Award in the Netherlands (2019). His work has been published in Aperture, The New York Times, Vogue Italia, Vogue México, Vice, Mexicanísimo, TETU, among others. In 2018, he published his first Photobook, “Musas Muxe” followed by “Fantastic Woman” in 2019.
Size: 20" x 30"
Medium: Photographic Print on Moab Lasal Photo Matte Paper
Framing: Unframed or Matte Black Metal Frame
Edition Size: 150
**Please note, works belonging to the MIEN Poster series are not accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.
Artwork: 20" x 30"
Frame: 0.5"W x 1.25"D
Print: Moab Lasal Photo Matte Paper
Frame: Metal, 99% UV Acrylic
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