Amora Ju

This is not about us

“The recording of an intimate interaction with trans individuals, which led us to press our faces together to generate a new face.”

A reflection on identity.

The exhibition “This is not about us”emerged in 2018 during an artistic residency with the Ruidosa Alma Collective in Brazil. Research was initiated on art, printmaking, identities, censorship, dictatorship, and the military operation existing in the Brazilian imaginary and, especially, in the interior of Rio Grande do Sul with its new Bolsonarist trait.

During the production of this work, the need arose to highlight the abuses and traumas left by the imagery repeatedly produced by those in power. Power that historically produces the subordination of some people to the detriment of others.

Therefore, the work denounced the erasure in the face of a certain resurgence of hatred in the streets and in the media, as a new configuration of power was emerging there. A creative potential made me evoke art, philosophy and activism. In this way, some tones of Andy Warhol, Gracia Barrios, Francis Bacon, Michel Foucault, Julia Kristeva, Julia Gumiere, Céu Cavalcanti and Bruna Benevides are presented.

In the year prior to the portrait project, in 2017, we lost Dandara Ketlyn, a victim of brutality and abjection. During this period and previously, a way of documenting and mapping this violence emerged through social networks. We addressed the increase in relation to the number of murders of all trans and travestis to deepen the work. According to ANTRA, in 2017 alone, 169 murders of travestis and trans women were registered, as well as 10 of trans men.

It is a perverse time for travestis and trans people, already at the end of the government of Michel Temer with its strongly neoliberal marks and misinformation on social media. The hate content for people in the LGBT* movement became evident in the midst of the electoral campaign of army captain Jair Messias Bolsonaro and a turn to the far right. So, it was not about us, it was about institutionalized violence and Brazilian necrosis.