NEW ART PROJECTS is pleased to present Men y Men a collaborative show by TrujilloPaumier, opening on May 29th 2014. Joaquin Trujillo (b. Los Angeles and raised Zacatecas, Mexico) and Brian Paumier (Oxnard, California ) will present two personal projects for the exhibition. Rooted in the outskirts of Mexican culture and tradition, Muxes and Moros bring forth a celebratory dialogue around the nature of difference within societal constructs of gender, masculinity and acceptance.
The two portrait series share similarities through their ceremonial context, both taken during annual festivals. Trujillo’s Muxes depicts a socially sanctioned community of mixed gender people living in the indigenous Zapotec culture of Oaxaca. Some are men who live as women, or who identify beyond a single gender. Paumier’s Moros was created during Morisma, an annual festival performed only by men to celebrate the Virgin De Guadalupe and to give thanks for the year to come.
Inherent throughout both series is the artist’s interaction with their subject on a personal level. Their portraits evoke acceptance with unveiling moments of casual ease. Truijillo vibrantly empowers his subjects in a cacophony of colorful Catholic symbols, false eyelashes, glitter and makeup. Paumier’s portraits not only display ribbons, mirrors, bells and cowboy boots but also sweat.
Men y Men presents a blend of glamour and grit. This combination along with the relationship between artist and subject allows each image to perform as autonomous reflections; all the while continuously questioning dichotomies of gay or straight, male or female, heritage or change.
Joaquin Trujillo (b. Los Angeles and raised Zacatecas, Mexico) and Brian Paumier. (Oxnard, California ) have been working together collaboratively since 2001 and are based in New York City. Their images have appeared in numerous publications and periodicals including, The New York Times Magazine, T Magazine, The New Yorker AFAR Magazine. Truijillo’s work was been exhibited at Amon Carter Museum Of American Art and SFMOMA, (collection) Brian Paumier’s at Christopher Henry Gallery, De Soto Gallery and Fred. Collaborative exhibitions: De Soto Gallery in Venice CA, Christopher Henry Gallery NYC, the Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard and Gallery Urbane, Marfa Texas, Frederick R Weisman Art Foundation, The William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, Connecticut, Colette among other institutions.
Press Release By: Michi Jigarjian