I grew up in a family surrounded by women and lonely maternities. I grew up watching the absence of fatherhood. Men were less than women, but they decided and invoked blind strength. At 12, I began to recognize my diversity. At 18, I experienced my first bereavement: my cousin Jose committed suicide. My relatives said that Joseito was homosexual and that is why he decided to take his own life.
Corrective violence and binary violence often do not allow the diverse to inhabit the world. In 2013 my mother died and this marked a separation from my family. I moved away from that home that was both a refuge and a concentration camp. In 2022 I began to revisit the family archive, I understood that I was not in it.
Dead Family is an investigation that looks at the family archive as a binary historical document that protects heteronormative narratives imposed by patriarchal structures. These impositions imply a sexist order that separates the masculine from the feminine and marginalizes identities that are outside this political-biological mechanism. Diverse identities have no visibility in the action of the "family portrait".
Dead familyis a work that intervenes in the family archive. It is a photographic intervention, but also a political one. It is a naturally collective project that needs the voice and the gaze of the LGBTIQ+ community. This collaborative nature allows each person who opens the pages of their album for us to look at it together, to also intervene their own archives based on the premise: What would a more diverse memory look like for the future?