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.
I started taking pictures of Eli when she was 10 years old. I came back in Madrid in 2015 and for two weeks I have lived in close contact with Eli. We developed a strong and sincere bond, also with her family, based on the awareness of our common battle for the right of being yourself.
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.
During a two-month backpacking trip through Europe in the spring of 2018 Mickey Aloisio photographed over 50 men in six cities. He found himself stepping in front of the lens with them as a way of visually documenting and reflecting on these immensely intimate first encounters.