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Damian Siqueiros and Identity


An angel exalted by the fire of androgynous desire disguise the being to avoid the worst: naked the truth of the genre cries it out because a doubt remains.

Every king crumbles behind his ghost. The queen goes astray in the same way. The first must be made up as an Elizabethan whore and the second as a mystery.

Confused at having lost his way among men, the being can then take refuge under his ideal mask and soon no longer interests anyone.

This is his pure land. A passing seed sower can pitch his tent there. Ogre or not, his double opens his eyes. The ecstasy of who he has become cures him of gender sickness.

Damián Siqueiros’ photographs therefore illustrate the concerns surrounding the construction of identity.

As much with the elements represented as the technique used, content and form are woven into a framework of continuous reflection and open to questioning the foundations of our own representation of ourself and of the world.

The creation of images leads Damian Siquieros to do multidisciplinary work: make-up artist, scenographer, director, photographer, and digital editor. It’s about building characters, where costume and makeup choices are fundamental.

Jean-Paul Gavard-Perret

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