TPL: You have spent five months capturing the world and everyday life of trans people in Granada, Andalusia. Tell us a bit more about this project.
ALM: Nosotres - Lives beyond binarism, portrays the lives of trans people in Andalusia. The project focuses on the story of four trans people with whom I have established a relationship of mutual trust and friendship. The photographic sessions were preceded by research and interviews carried out by a graduate in Sociology and Patricia García, expert in Sexology and Gender.
The term "Nosotres", the middle path between the Spanish male personal pronoun nosotros and the feminine pronoun nosotras, is used, especially by the trans community, to create a gender neutral term in which many people find their own identification. Nosotres was born in a Granada outpost of the struggle and demands of the rights of trans people.
The common representation of trans people generally sees them trapped in an ambiguous iconography, crushed by the stereotypes of the common image that deprives them of a subjective identity and their own social role within the community. The project, in its most articulated version, consists of an audio part and 20 photographs. The user is totally involved within the lives of the protagonists, their daily lives, their thoughts, the environments in which they move.
"Nosotres – Lives beyond binarism" was published by the Italian magazine "L'Espresso" as a photo reportage and exhibited as a multimedia installation with the original interviews at the fourth edition of Art Factory in Catania (in which it won the Young Artist award). The project was also exhibited at Art Market Budapest - International Contemporary Art Fair in October 2014. It was decided to choose only four shots and introduce the audios with the four corresponding interviews. For this reason I thank all the participants in the project: Ivan, Kym, Tara,Fabiola, Regina and their families.
I have to say that fortunately today, in 2021 I feel that the situation is changing. There is more and more talk of gender issues and the new generation seems very interested in what are the rights of all, not excluding anyone. So I'm glad if, in my own small way, I helped open someone's mind at the time.