Andrés Gregorio Pérez

Dead Family (Colombia)

Andrés Gregorio Pérez Dead Family series is an autobiographical and collaborative intervention into censored queer childhood memory. Pérez brings initially hidden gestures of subversion and diversity to the forefront of the image. A self once buried in a heteronormative regime takes action, memory is formed anew. Working with the metaphor of the family album, found footage is written on, reworked with subtle textures, lighting, applications or even finds entirely new back-, middle-, and foregrounds. These interventions into childhood photographs are combined with softly lit portraiture. Portraiture as an intimate act of community and the sharing of one’s story that defies the art-historical cliché of the subject-object relation. What once was an image of a child in hiding, confidently evolves into a part of a new composition. One that articulates the queerness that has always been there, the artist’s very own as well as other queer biographies. Dead Family is a call to collectively re-remember queer biographies from an emancipated point of self-determination.

Andrés Gregorio Pérez Serie Dead Family ist eine autobiografische und collaborative Intervention in zensierte queere Erinnerungen. Pérez holt ursprünglich versteckte Gesten der Subversion und Diversität an die Oberfläche, buchstäblich auf den Vordergrund des Bildes. Ein Ich, das einst im heteronormativen Regime begraben lag, ermächtigt sich, Erinnerung wird neu geformt. Als Metapher des Familienalbums wird auf gefundenes fotografisches Material aus queeren Kindheiten geschrieben, es wird mit plastischen Texturen bearbeitet, neu belichtet oder findet neue Applikationen. So entstehen kompositorische Ordnungen, die, was im Vorder- und im Hintergrund steht, umstrukturieren. Diese Interventionen kombiniert Pérez mit weich belichteten Portraits. Der Akt des Porträtierens wird zur intimen Zusammenkunft, zum Raum für das Teilen und Erzählen von Geschichten – ein Akt, der das kunsthistorische Klischee der Subjekt-Objekt Relation von Künstler und Muse überschreibt. Was einst das sich versteckende Kind war, ermächtigt sich selbstbewusst zum sichtbaren Teil einer neuen Komposition. Eine die die Queerness sichtbar werden lässt, die schon immer da ist. Dead Family ist ein selbstermächtigender Aufruf zur kollektiven Wieder-Erinnerung queerer Biografien.

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