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YOU ARE
DIEGO MORENO

ABOUT THIS BOOK

...I remember the first time I saw a transvestite. It was a moment that shocked me and stayed with me. I was about seven or eight years old. I was accompanying an aunt to do some shopping in Acapulco's central market. We passed in front of a fruit stall and there he was, with his Chinese hair, very dark, strong arms, eyelids painted with electric blue shadow and red lips. 
 Pass it on, güerita," he said to my aunt.I don't know whether her voice or her body caused me confusion or astonishment.Aunt, 
And what is he? I asked.- Ah, he's a girl," he replied. There was no more answer than that. I didn't ask any more questions either. 

The project stems from my amazement at transvestites. I am amazed by their ability to become incredibly beautiful "women". By means of fillers they give their bodies new shapes; with wigs and make-up they modify their features and feminise their look. Transvestites are commonly referred to as "dresses", hence the title of the series. What I do is to strip them of their clothes and then they are "undressed". This is where the masculine part becomes evident, and a game of double identity is generated between the masculine and the feminine. Making use of cliché and obviousness, I have represented different stories that speak of real and utopian women. 

 Luis Arturo Aguirre 
Through images and texts Diego Moreno narrates the complexity of his family history, one that is marked by disturbing cycles of domestic violence, machismo and attachment to the Catholic religion. This photobook, in the form of a family album, allows the author to construct a present to find his place in the world and reflect more deeply on the fragility and complexity of the human condition, and the hostile time in which we live. 

Huésped has been developed over six years, during which Diego has explored his own identity through an intense process of immersion in photography as a means of connecting with his family universe, creating and recreating scenes that allow us to enter into this complex fabric of relationships, while they are transformed into the same photographic act. Since the times of the Spanish Conquest, 

Chiapas has been a state of Mexico where diverse cultures coexist, where cultural and social contrasts are in constant tension. Mexico's border with Latin America, passage of undocumented immigrants, scene of the Zapatista struggle, place inhabited by indigenous peoples who keep alive the pre-Hispanic customs, the so-called "coletos" descendants of the Spanish, mestizos and foreigners, build an extremely complex social mosaic. 

LUIS ARTURO AGUIRRE 

Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico, 1983... BA in Educational Intervention, UPN, Unit 12B Acapulco, Seminario de Fotografía Contemporánea 2011 from Centro de la Imagen and the program Fotoensayo Training in Hidalgo, and photography workshops in Guerrero, Oaxaca and Mexico City. Winner of the XV Biennial of Photography, Mexico. His work is part of the book "Develar y detonar. Photography in Mexico ca. 2015". Published in the magazines; Picnic, Tierra Adentro, Revista 192, in France in; L'Insensé Photo, Ideat and in the United States in OUT. Solo exhibitions at Museo de la Mujer and numerous group exhibitions in Mexico and abroad, such as (Re) presentations. Contemporary Latin American Photography, organised by PHOTOESPAÑA, presented in Tabacalera, Espacio de Promoción del Arte and Sao Paulo, Brazil and Caracas, Venezuela. In 2015 he was invited to "PHOTOQUAI 5e biennale des images du monde" organized by the Musée Quai Branly in Paris, France, "Momenta Biennale de L'Image" Montreal Canada 2017, "Galerie de L'UQAM". "Exposed/ Expuesta" "The light Factory", Charlotte, USA. PECDA Guerrero Grants, Young Creators of FONCA (2012-2013). 

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Special Edition
Size: 33.5 x 26.5 x 1.5 cm 
Number of pages: 160 
Laser and inkjet printing 
Print run on demand 
Language: English and Spanish 
Hand bound

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