INFRAMUNDO / HYDRA
Desvestidas - Luis Arturo Aguirre
Size: 33.5 x 26.5 x 1.5 cm
Number of pages: 160 pages
Printed in inkjet and laser printers in different papers
Bound by hand
Delivery time 2-3 weeks
The photographs of Luis Arturo Aguirre seduce. Utopian women, the memory of his sister’s dolls, the impact of his first encounter with a transvestite, and the surprise, the fascination. The esthetic of iconic images and figures, references to pop culture, to kitsch, are incorporated into images saturated with color, appealing, intimate, sensual, captivating, imprinted by the photographer’s gaze with their own seal and identity: the colors of his native Acapulco, its sexiness, freshness, and naturalness.
A combination of Aguirre’s own pleasure in the explicitly, excessively beautiful image and the frank boredom of the subjects, in their incarnation as feminine stereotypes: the enjoyment of the game. Aguirre does not look outside; he is not moved by a desire to portray, but rather constructs fantasies long imagined and desired by photographer and subject alike. To live and to desire, desire to be someone else, desire a body: the desire in the images is so patent that it turns innocence into something provocative and radical. The photograph is a perfect, consummated moment, in which the grotesque and the beautiful, the natural and the artificial crystallize. The attitudes of the subjects unfold for the image and seduce us. A balance between what the author imagines and what the subject desires. Transgression, but above all yearning.
"....I remember the first time I saw a transvestite. It was a moment that shocked me and stayed in my memory. I was seven or eight years old. I had gone with an aunt to do some shopping at the central market in Acapulco
We passed a fruit stand and there “he” was, with his curly hair, very dark skin, strong arms, eyelids painted with electric blue eye shadow and his red lips.
-¡Pásale Güerita! he said to my aunt.
I don’t know whether his voice or his body caused me confusion or amazement.
Aunt, what is he? I asked.
Ah, he is a boy-girl, she answered me.
There was no answer beyond that. Nor did I ask more questions.
The project stems from my amazement at transvestites. The ability to become such incredibly beautiful "women" amazes me. Through fillings they give new forms to their bodies; with wigs and makeup they change their factions and feminize their looks.
A transvestite is commonly called "vestida" (dressed), from where the title of the series comes. What I do is to strip them from their clothes and then get them "desvestidas" (undressed).
This is where the male part becomes evident, and a game of double identity between masculine and feminine is generated.
Making use of cliché and obviousness, I have represented different stories about real and utopian women.
Luis Arturo Aguirre