Crecí en una sociedad muy conservadora que rechaza mi identidad. Esta serie de trabajos es una documentación de mi vida actual. Le pido a mis amigos que me tomen fotos con mi novia, y luego traslado las fotos a una pintura realista al oleo. El proyecto consiste en capturar momentos cotidianos en la interacción de una pareja, para así exponer imágenes que puedan empezar un diálogo sobre la orientación sexual, la identidad de género y el matrimonio. Busco introducir estas imágenes en la cultura visual dominicana para así ayudar a hacer dichos temas menos taboo.
At age 17 I started exploring my sexual orientation. In that process I realized that I lived in a country where sexuality is a taboo topic.
In 2010 I wrote the following text:
I'm living in a very conservative society that vehemently opposes my lifestyle. Recently I've entered into an unknown territory romantic relationships and monogamy. I'm in a relationship with a women 10 years older.
My latest work is a documentation of my current life, it's about capturing moments that are brimming with personal sentiment. I ask friends to take photos of me and my girlfriend. It is difficult to act normal in front of the camera; during the shooting three things can happen: over acting, nothing or forgetting about the camera. I'm looking for the moment when the camera is forgotten, where a sense of vulnerability is apparent.
I discovered that the painting's technique, size, and the time dedicated to them are a representation of my longing to talk about my relationship. In creating situations that give me the opportunity to capture an image that deals with themes like homosexuality, commitment, sex, and other related societal issues.
I started this series as my thesis project at Altos de Chavón art school, to start a conversation on homosexuality in a safe space. I started painting these 60x40' photorealistic oil paintings and 4x6' silk aquatint plates that would reference photographic dimensions. Photographs where taken from representation of moments of intimacy seen through a voyeuristic lens. In the school context homosexuality was never the subject of discussion, neither identity. My work was consequentially banned from the thesis show at the commencement ceremony due to its 'explicit material'. These series of painting where then shown at the Museum of modern art of the Dominican Republic in 2011.
This body of work was shown at Columbia University, at Parsons The New School in New York City; in a popup art gallery in harlem's historic Astor Row; in the Dominican Museum of Modern Art, and at Casa Quien art gallery in the Dominican Republic.
They are currently part of the private collection of Jose Manuel Guzmán Ibarra.
Images of the paintigns where published in the Dominican Republic's capital's free news paper Diario Libre; in the Summer of 2011 following the inauguration of the biennale of Museum of Modern art where they were first exhibited.