Paz Errazuriz

Adam’s Apple

1983, printed 2008

Artist
Paz Errazuriz born 1944
Medium
Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper
Dimensions
Image: 460 × 296 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Juan Yarur Torres 2011
Reference
P13167

Display caption

These intimate portraits show cross-dresser and transgender sex workers going about their everyday lives in Santiago, Chile. Living in the community for four years, Errazuriz was able to document it from within. She recalled, ‘I found a family that I wish had always been my own’. She took photographs in their homes, on the streets in their neighbourhood, and with friends and family. Under the military dictatorship (1973–1990), gender nonconforming people risked persecution. For nearly two decades the political situation prevented the images from being circulated. Only the underground and artistic communities were aware of their existence.

Gallery label, December 2019

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