“Canon” is an exhibition comprising two series of photographs by collaborative artists Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo and Andrew Mroczek. The work is both a celebration of LGBT Peruvians and a reaction to the ongoing violence they face.
Barboza-Gubo and Mroczek have been witness to Peruvian trans people’s struggle for survival. Targets for violence, rape, and murder, trans women have been forced to lead lives on the fringe of Peru’s society with minimal opportunities, limited access to education and health care, and no laws to protect them.
Since 2013 the photographers have been collaborating on "Virgenes de la Puerta," a series of portraits and tableaus that honor the strength and resilience of the women. Informed by Spanish colonial art and Peru’s own religious iconography, Barboza-Gubo and Mroczek have employed craftspeople to create extraordinary props and costumes. The use of an 8-by-10 view camera gives many of the portraits an immersive feel.
The exhibition includes selected images from the series "Fatherland," photographs of haunting spaces and landscapes throughout Peru, both rural and urban, where murders of LGBT people or other acts of violence against them have occurred. “There is a difficulty in seeing images of my country in this way. We have all become so accustomed to seeing the lushness of Peru. But, in many cases, that beauty is a clear deception.”
“Canon” is on view March 18 to May 14
Artist Reception, March 18, 6–8 p.m. Artist Talk at 7 p.m.
McClain Gallery, 2242 Richmond Ave., Houston
Bound and gagged, head covered in a plastic bag, strangled,
Calle Choquehuanca 193, San Isidro, Lima, Peru, 2015
Tied up, beaten, gang-raped by four men and sodomized with objects, she was left to die on farmland. Pisco, Peru, 2015
Beaten and stabbed. The odor emanating from his apartment lead to the discovery of his body by neighboring tenants.
Gonzales Pavon, Magdalena del Mar, Lima, Peru, 2015
Wrists and ankles tied to his bed, strangled. He was found dead by his cousin. Calle Las Paltas No. 3992, Urbanización Naranjal, Lima, Peru, 2015
Joel was tortured by having his genitals, fingers, and toes cut from his body. He was beheaded and burned on a straw mattress beside a landfill. His body was identified by the bracelet he wore on his right hand. Rodriguez de Mendoza, Chachapoyas, Amazons, Peru, 2015