Hydra

Nelson Morales

The Zapotec culture accepts homosexuality, giving it an active role and an open position in society, much more significant than anywhere else in Latin America. The muxhes are integrated organically into the social and economic functioning of the community. They are considered a "blessing," as they are often the basis of the family economy, devoting theirselves to work as stylists, dressmakers, waitresses in bars, or sellers in the market. They are also responsible for caring of their parents when the other children get married.

In a predominantly machista Mexico, and at a time when attention and debate on transgender is at the forefront, the exploration of artists like Nelson Morales becomes of important value, generating a reflection on the duality as a deeply rooted feature this country.

Morales decides to use photography as a performative action to create and recreate his hidden relationships with the muxhe sensuality, in order to discover his own sensuality. Through images of an aesthetic that uses elements of staging, creates and recreates provocative situations for the viewer, expanding the definitions of individual and collective identity in a blurred and transitional way.

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Nelson Morales, Union Hidalgo, Oaxaca, 1982. He is a Bachelor of Communication Sciences, at the University Jose Vasconcelos, Oaxaca. He has participated in various workshops and programs such as Contemporary photography Program 2013 (Gimnasio de Arte y Cultura); The limit of the photographic act with Antoine D'Agata, 2013, Centro de las Artes de San Agustin; In search of the author in photography, Vittorio Odonofri workshop, Alternative Space Workshop , Oaxaca, 2015; Contemporary Photography Seminar 2015, Centro de las Artes San Agustín y Centro de la imagen. He has made several solo exhibitions: "Sueño Muxhe" Oaxaca 2013, "Lo superfluo" 2015, Punctum, Mexico City, 2015, D. F. His work has been included in various group exhibitions among which are: Photography Biennial "Hector Garcia" (2013 and 2015); Kuala Lumpur Photo Fest Awards. (2013, Petronas Tower, Kuala Lumpur); Documentary Photography "El trabajo y los días" (2013, Medellin, Colombia), "Confluencia Oaxaca" 411, Espacio fotográfico, Oaxaca, Oaxaca. 2014; FIDS International Festival of Sexual Diversity (2014) Museo Universitario el Chopo, México D.F.; Bienal de Fotografía de Oaxaca,, 2014 Photographic Center Manuel Alvarez Bravo; Program of contemporary photography, 2014 Instituto Sonorense de cultura; Zona Maco 2015, Hydra, Espacio Fundación Televisa; 18-18, 2015. 411, Espacio Alternativo, Oaxaca; Develar y detonar, Photography in Mexico, 2015 PHotoEspaña Festival 2015, Madrid; still photography in the film “Carmín tropical“, among others. His work has been published in various books and magazines, among which are the book Develar y detonar, curated by Hydra, published by Centro de la Imagen, editorial RM and Fundación Televisa, 2015, Vice Magazine in editions Mexico, Colombia, and Europe, among others. He currently works as a freelance photographer.

Hydra is a platform for building projects related to the medium of photography, based on reflection, dialogue and collaboration between individuals, associations, institutions and publishers; an inclusive, flexible and open space to open channels in the photographic community. Hydra is the project of Ana Casas Broda, Gabriela Reyes Gonzalez and Gerardo Montiel Klint. Hydra performs curatorial projects and organization of exhibitions, workshops, educational programs, consulting for authors, publications, a network link, project management, sale of works, among other activities. We also have an exhibition space and library specializing in contemporary photography books. In the area of publications, we coedited photo books with publishers such as RM and La Fábrica. We recently published Ana Casas Broda’s “Kinderwunsch”, Roberto Tondopó’s “Casita de Turrón” and Mariela Sancari’s “Moisés”. In 2016 we will publish "Nueva Era" by José Luis Cuevas and "Desvestidas" by Luis Arturo Aguirre. In 2015 we made the book project and exhibition “Develar y detonar. Fotografía en México ca. 2015“ which included the work of 53 contemporary authors, published by RM publisher, a collaboration between the Centro de la Imagen, Televisa Foundation and the National Center of the Arts of Mexico. Hydra performed the curating and editing of the book and texts. The exhibition opened in the PHotoEspaña International Festival in 2015 and later at the National Center of the Arts in Mexico City. Afterwards this exhibition will travel to other countries.

In 2016 we will have a program on photo books in which several authorial projects will be developed through a long term workshop with the most interesting contemporary publishing houses of the photo book medium, such as Self Publish Be Happy, Archive of Modern Conflict, Riot Books, RM, La Fábrica, among others.

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