title. tropic of capricorn
description. video and video-installation
dimensions. 30min (video)
Four trans women are brought in to a hotel room on the same night. Each one of them is asked to lay on a bed in an empty room and reveal herself to a camera mounted on the ceiling. As the film progresses, they share with the camera their fantasies, hopes, questionings and experiences in the streets of Sao Paulo, where they work as prostitutes.
“They hesitate, intimidated. They try the masks, the gestures and the words for which they have always been solicited. Without moving, without deviating, without indicator of how to proceed, the ubiquitous gaze remains there, impassive. They move, one finds her way out by calling a buddy on the phone to tell him the unexpected of her situation. The extraordinary pierces them, their looks seem to perceive ours, voyeurs on the other side of the finished work, exhibited to the public. They look at us, straight in the eyes of the camera, we voyeurs, the “good” people who are confronted with the exhibitionism of the marginalized and exiled of society who do not ‘deserve’ our consideration and ... they talk.”
Alessandra Monachesi Ribeiro, Tropique of Capricorn: the blinding light of marginal bodies, excerpt
camera and editing :: Kika Nicolela