Fe Maidel


“The night that once hid you, now shows who you truly are.”

The night is not always the same as darkness.

At night began as a series of drawings made in Amsterdam nightclubs in the 1990s.

Why do transgender people cause so much mobilization and impact on society?

Being a transgender person is definitely not a choice. What may be considered a “choice” is the act of making one’s public expression of sexuality and gender identity visible, which often represents a political and subjective achievement for the individual.

If we consider that the life expectancy of a transvestite is much lower than that of the Brazilian population in general, we can see that this is due to the process of social exclusion and the lack of opportunities and visibility that are daily denied. Systematically, trans identities have been persecuted, abused, imprisoned, and tortured. We survive, resiliently, even under the stigma of HIV/AIDS. What happens when an individual is excluded and made invisible? They become ill, lose social reference, and die symbolically.

Transvestites are not simulacra and should not be confused as “copies of women,” and the series “Night” contextualizes this discussion in artistic terms.