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.
In a formal act of autonomy, Awuor Onyango, Mal Muga and Namikoye Wanjala decided to defy the regulations of the call for single projects and applied as a group with three aesthetically very different projects addressing questions of visibility and queer solidarity.