Photo exhibit by Ramyky
Challenging the paradigm of gender, Mars As A Girl is a photo portfolio of Brazilian transsexual women. Along the visual journey, informative texts provide an antithesis to the rigid, binary definition of gender and also address how this concept was utilized as an agent of repression during the Portuguese Inquisition in colonial Brazil. Past prejudices and discrimination (state sanctioned and religiously ordained) are contrasted by images and socio-cultural realities that haven’t wavered. Ultimately, the social construction of transsexual people in Brazil weaves its way through representations of violence, reverence and sultry uniqueness. Original texts by Ramyky are included.
After winning a national photo contest in Brazil, Ramyky’s photo titled “Carnaval no Pelô #2” was printed as a full back-cover spread in Seleções (Reader’s Digest Brazil). A series of professional photo projects in the Pelourinho (Historic Centre of Salvador, Bahia) soon followed. Mars As A Girl was born thanks to the cooperative efforts between models and photographer. In 2012 a select portion of Mars As A Girl appeared at Exposed: Nudes in Art (Litmus Gallery).
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Hailing from the birthplace of Jazz (New Orleans), travel has rekindled a sense of joy and purpose in Ramyky’s life. Photos from Brazil, Portugal, Denmark, and other places are a testament to his nomadic-like wanderings over a ten-year period.