INFRAMUNDO / HYDRA
Musas Muxe - Nelson Morales
Shortlisted for the Prix du Livre Les Rencontres d'Arles 2019
Honorific mention at POY LATAM Photobook Award 2019
Shortlisted for FOLA PHOTOBOOK AWARD 2018
Size: 21 x 30 x 1.5 cm
Number of pages: 84
This book addresses the Muxes in an exploration of the cultural, sexual and personal identity of the author and of this community in Oaxaca, México.
Since pre-Hispanic times the Zapotec culture accepts homosexuality, gives it an active role and an open position within society, much more relevant than anywhere else in Latin America.
The Muxes are organically integrated into the social and economic net of the community, commenting on the duality as a deeply rooted feature in this country.
Nelson Morales has developed this project for almost eight years, in which he has photographed in his own community on the Isthmus of Oaxaca. Muses Muxe, as in a movie, is built from the process of creating the work in itself.
Throughout the time, Nelson Morales tackles the subject, the photographic medium and the way of relating to the Muxes in different ways, creating and recreating the imaginary of the portrayed ones and the author himself from changing perspectives that go deeper and deeper into the multiple layers of the Zapotec culture. Sexuality, identity, and gender as key issues in society.
Musas Muxe is the author's quest to glimpse the complexity of the Muxes in the transit of the search for their own identity, confronting themselves in the sensual space, overflowing and disturbing, the Muxe space.
Musas Muxe is the author's quest to glimpse the complexity of the Muxes in the transit to search his own identity, confronting himself in this sensual, overflowing and disturbing space, the Muxe space.
Nelson Morales was born in Unión Hidalgo, Oaxaca. He studied Audiovisual Communication.
For almost eight years he has been dedicated to photography and has studied different programs on contemporary photography in Mexico. His work focuses primarily on issues of sexual diversity, gender and identity.
He attended the Contemporary Photography Seminar at the Centro de las Artes de San Agustín and the Centro de la Imagen (2015), he also attended the Photobook Incubator at Hydra + Fotografía (2016), he has been in workshops with Antoine D'Agata, Yumi Goto and others international professors.
He has had several solo and group exhibitions in countries such as: Spain, Colombia, Portugal, Germany, Malaysia, Argentina, United States, India, Brazil, the Netherlands and Mexico. In 2015 his work was exhibited in FOAM X HYDRA, in Amsterdam and the Netherlands. In addition, he was part of the group exhibition Borrador de un cuerpo Intervenido, in the ARTEXARTE gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In 2017 he was selected to do an art residency at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, North Carolina. Also, his work was included in the magazine Aperture, in the issue "Future gender".
In 2018 he was selected for the New York Times portfolio review, in which a monographic report on his work was later published. He was also selected at the XXVIII Biennial of the Centro de la Imagen. In addition, he will be participating in different photography festivals in India, Brazil and the United States during the year.
He has received various awards and mentions at national and international level. His work is part of private and public collections.