The series of photo-performances, "The Empress" emerges from a desire to fill a historical gap in the representation of transgender people in art history. It is from the game between: architecture, gender performance and power, that the figure of the Empress embodied in me emerges. However, in fact, it functions as an alter ego by which I expose my privileges (white, female appearance, middle class ...), but without forgetting that I am a person and a transsexual body, to investigate what I call: “Mechanisms Acceptance and Rejection ”. They are inscribed on the bodies in the form of codes: appearance, (race, gender, sexual orientation); and wealth (social class), and act as beacons that lead them to be more accepted and admired, or less accepted and admired, according to the type of codes present in the bodies. Being a transsexual artist puts me on the edge of the system, be it life or art, but when I am dressed as “Empress” the doors of the power places open for me, and people come to receive me and treat me as if I was a “sovereign”, nullifying the fact that I was a transsexual body. The dress and the performativity of power function as a biomechanical “armor” against prejudice.

The Empress at the Itamaraty Palace (2019-2020) - Photo-performance - Mineral pigment on cotton paper

- 120x80 - Printing: 3 + 2P.A.

The Empress is Received at the Itamaraty Hall (2019-2020) - Photo-performance - Mineral pigment on cotton paper

- 80x120 - Printing: 3 + 2P.A.

The Empress Arrived at Itamaraty (2019-2020) - Photo-performance - Mineral pigment on cotton paper

- 80x120 - Printing: 3 + 2P.A.

The Empress Is Among Us (2019) - Photo-performance - Mineral pigment on cotton paper

- 80x120 - Printing: 3 + 2P.A.

The Empress Looking to the Future (2019) - Photo-performance - Mineral pigment on cotton paper

- 80x120 - Printing: 3 + 2P.A.

The Empress at the National Museum (2019) - Photo-performance - Mineral pigment on cotton paper

- 80x120 - Printing: 3 + 2P.A.
- National Museum of the Republic Collection, Brasilia

The Empress on the Internal Ramp of the National Museum (2019) - Photo-performance - Mineral pigment on cotton paper - 80x120 - Printing: 3 + 2P.A.
- National Museum of the Republic Collection, Brasilia

The Empress Among the Clouds on the Esplanade of Ministries (2019) - Photo-performance - Mineral pigment on cotton paper - 80x120 - Printing: 3 + 2P.A.

The Empress is Received at the Italian Embassy (2019) - Photo-performance - Mineral pigment on cotton paper
- 80x120 - Printing: 3 + 2P.A.
- Collection Embassy of Italy, Brasilia

The Empress in the chapel of the Pablo Atchugarry Foundation (2020) - Photo-performance - Mineral pigment on cotton paper - 120x80 - Printing: 3 + 2P.A.

There's Blood on the Empress's Face (2017) - Photo-performance - Mineral pigment on cotton paper

- 80x120 - Printing: 3 + 2P.A.
- Santander Brasil Collection, São Paulo

The Empress Meditating (2017) - Photo-performance - Mineral pigment on cotton paper

- 80x120 - Printing: 3 + 2P.A.
- Santander Brasil Collection, São Paulo

The Concrete Empress (2018) - Photo-performance - Mineral pigment on cotton paper

- 80x120 - Printing: 3 + 2P.A.
- MAM-Rio Collection, Rio de Janeiro

The Empress Up and Down the Ladder (2018) - Photo-performance - Mineral pigment on paper

- 90x60 each - Diptych - Printing: 3 + 2P.A.
- MAM-Rio Collection, Rio de Janeiro

The Empress at MAC (2018) - Photo-performance - Mineral pigment on cotton paper

- 80x120 - Printing: 3 + 2P.A.

The Empress on the Ramp (2018) - Photo-performance - Mineral pigment on cotton paper

- 120x80 - Printing: 3 + 2P.A.
- MAC-Nitero i Collection, Rio de Janeiro

The Empress Seated (2018) - Photo-performance - Mineral pigment on cotton paper

- 80x120 - Printing: 3 + 2P.A.
- MAC-Nitero i Collection, Rio de Janeiro

The Empress Between the Columns (2018) - Photo-performance - Mineral pigment on cotton paper

- 120x80 - Printing: 3 + 2P.A.

The Empress Visits Parque Lage (2018) - Photo-performance - Mineral pigment on cotton paper

- 80x120 - Printing: 3 + 2P.A.

The Empress at the Balcony Over the Emperor (2018) - Photo-performance - Mineral pigment on cotton paper

- 40x60 - Printing: 3 + 2P.A.
- MARGS Collection, Porto Alegre

The Empress and the Columns (2018) - Photo-performance - Mineral pigment on cotton paper

- 40x60 - Printing: 3 + 2P.A.
- MARGS Collection, Porto Alegre

The Empress Visits the National Library (2018) - Photo-performance - Mineral pigment on cotton paper

- 120x80 - Printing: 3 + 2P.A.

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