(Excerpt from an interview for The Queer Museum)
For the past 30 years, Fê Maidel has built her work by translating into art the awareness that being transgender can be a death sentence, producing her images after years of being closeted. Currently, she uses art as a means of researching affects and anxieties in a country that is extremely hostile towards transgender women. She is an artist and project manager, a member of the Municipal Council of Policies for Women, director of Employability, Quality and Certification at the LGBT Chamber of Commerce and Tourism of Brazil, Municipal Secretary of Diversity and manager of the Citizenship Trans project. She works with public entities and civil society, focusing on rescuing and supporting women’s self-esteem as a means of expanding their participation in society. She is a mentor of the #RespeitoTemNome program and President of the “Diverse Art and Culture” Council (2022).