Gazing directly into the camera, Paz Errazuriz’s arresting image of Pilar (shown above), a cross-dresser working in an underground brothel in Chile during the 1980s forms part of a larger body of work titled Adam’s Apple, 1983. Taken during Chile’s military dictatorship at a time when gender non-conforming people were regularly subjected to curfews, persecutions and police brutality, this photograph represents a collaborative and defiant act of political resistance for both Errazuriz and Pilar.
“It was our means of showing that we were there and fighting back”.
Paz Errazuriz is just one of the 20 photographers featured in Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins – that also includes Larry Clark, Bruce Davidson, Danny Lyon, Mary Ellen Mark, Boris Mikhailov and Dayanita Singh. Celebrating photography’s enduring and unique relationship with individual and communities operating on the margins, the exhibition reflects a more diverse, authentic and complex view of the world from the 1950s onwards. Touching on themes of gender and sexuality, counter and sub-cultures and minorities of all kinds, the show features work by photographers who spent months, years or even decades with their subjects.
Advance booking recommended.
Image credit: Paz Errázuriz. From the series La Manzana de Adán (Adam’s Apple), 1983. © Paz Errázuriz. Courtesy of the artist.