Nada é o Que Parece
In Iquitos, at the peruvian amazon, there is a neighbourhood called Ribeira. The rhythm of life there is dictated by nature. The rainfall cycle, transforms the community in an extension of the river, and men and women incorporate those waters life in their own everyday life.
In this environment, the legends around fantastic beings that inhabit the rivers have great strength, particularly the ones from Boto and Sereias (mermaids). But in addition to its metaphorical value to explain an outcome of extramarital love, I’ve picked the myth of these half human and half fish beings, as a mean to represent the neighbourhood existent gender issues and show how each photographed individual celebrates his/her sexuality.
Transvestites, homosexuals, men and women, live together in an environment where despites the harsh material conditions that plague everyone, living fully and joyfully their gender identity is more than a survival strategy, is a way to celebrate life.