LUIS ARTURO AGUIRRE
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
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