Samantha Flores - now 84 - came out as a transgender woman in Mexico City 23 years ago, though she wasn’t able to officially change her gender identity until recently. In 2015 she was baptised as Samantha Aurelia Vicenta Flores García, a lifelong dream.
The project is about women’s prisons is a part of a trilogy that is centered around the lives of women in closed institutions. The impulse of research of such communities arose in a reflection of my teenage period spent at the closed rehabilitation boarding school. I spent a few months, working in several prisons for women in the Siberia.
Androgyny scares, baffles and fascinates at the same time. Androgynous people live between the polarities of a binary society: visually they fit neither the female nor male stereotype. Their dual natures coexist in each world like cross-faded images contained in one frame. Separating them into two classic genders makes this polarity visible and present while mirroring back the viewer's norms and stereotypes.
Mélanie is posing with her boyfriend, her father, her step-mother and her sister. She's in the middle of a sexual reassignment. She is highly supported by her family, her friends and her boyfriend. She accepted to participate in this project as an activist gesture to put in the light the life of transgender people.
In Kigali, B., transexual and transvestite opens the shutter of her room of this tiny house. Her livelihood comes from prostitution, and often takes different narcotics which help her to cope with her marginalised existence During a party in the lounge of a girlfriend's house, C. dances while sipping a Primus, while A. watches upon them. The two friends survive in Kigali thanks to prostitution as it is extremely difficult or even impossible to find a job as soon as you are identified as LGBT. "I don’t sleep with anyone for money but for pleasure. This is what makes me...