“Genuine stories are what can bring us closer together, not people talking over the heads and in the name of others.”
Do you consider queer art counter culture?
Yes. I’ve never studied art thus I didn’t have many references when I started off creating my own artistic practise. I think there is something very utopian about creating the base for your own art. To me, it’s a way out, an escape. So I can detach. After many, many years of struggling with acknowledging who I am and what I represent, I asked myself the question: why not create my own world instead of breaking myself trying to fit into boxes.
How important is symbolism to you when it comes to your photography?
My photography is a mix between surrealism and metaphors. I use flowers, but I use a lot of textiles too. To me, textiles are the perfect symbols of both camouflaging yourself or to show the world your true personality. I’m trying to embed small references into my work, but these can’t be looked at through an artistic lens, as they are usually more attached to my personal experiences and memories.
What’s your way of coming up with compositions?
There is a lot of improvisation in what I’m doing although the majority of my images are carefully staged. My photography is centred around a simple question: how do we perform in everyday life? How do we perform with our bodies, in different spaces, how do we perform in our heads and of course, how does society perform around us? Most of my models, I know them for a long time. We talk, we share stories and we try to imagine what kind of images we want to create together.
Why do you think that life is a performance?
As I was growing up, I always felt like I was performing, acting as someone else. And still now that I’m older, there are days when I feel like I lost a little part of myself or times when I’m not sure who I am anymore. I performed for 18 years of my life, always adapting to others, to the spaces I was living in, pretending that I was someone I wasn’t.
Not so long ago, I went on a trip with my best friend. She’s a girl and it’s just too funny, because everyone thought that we are a couple. It’s only because society is built on these patterns, these preconceptions that evolve into expectations. In this case, it was a very interesting camouflage, honestly, since it made me able to dress and act however I wanted and still operate under the disguise of a heteronormative social setting.