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Artists included on this page: Raphael Reichert, Kristina Maca, Alejandro Javaloyas, and Al Blackledge.

don't look into the sun by Raphael Reichert (Switzerland)

don‘t look into the sun consists of an interview with Indian-born actress and transgender activist Living Smile Vidya, who is currently in the asylum process in Switzerland.

This interview is combined with more than a hundred recordings of the sun filmed with a smartphone during the first corona lockdown.

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Raphael Reichert, born 1993 in Mannheim, Germany lives and works in Basel, Switzerland. He studied Fine Arts under Chus Martinez and Postindustrial Design under Matthias Böttger at HGK Basel. He has been exhibiting mainly nationally since 2016. Exhibitions include "Undocumented Perspectives", 2020, in collaboration with Ivana Kvesić in "Ausstellungsraum Klingental", Basel, and "Circle", 2020, a group exhibition in CICA Museum in Gimpo, South Korea. In 2022 he will show his first, extensive solo exhibition in "Architektur Forum Ostschweiz" in St.Gallen, Switzerland.

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T-Stories by Kristina Maca (Germany)

T-Stories is a slice of life glimpse into the life of Janette and of Vanessa two friends that have in common being transgender women. My movie focuses on three stages of transphobia told in unchronological slice of life episodes. From subtle transphobia to more severe cases until we reach heavy transphobia. The protagonists might have unhealthy coping mechanisms, but they are not victims. 

[Update 4/2/22: To view this video, contact the artist.]

Kristina Maca is an actress and writer, known for T-Stories (2019), Senses (2018), and Flower of Vengeance (2020). She is half-Mexican, half-German and lives in Berlin.

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Con Ziritione 8 by Alejandro Javaloyas (France)

I'm gay, I was born to a very conservative Spanish Catholic family, and all my work orbits around the ideas of transformation, personal journey, and self-acceptance. This particular piece belongs to a series called "Con Ziritione", which includes 18 abstract landscapes that explore the concept of transformation of the self.

Its main theme is the line understood as a vital itinerary, as an erratic and fortuitous path, whose only conscious direction is to get away from the starting point. Fleeing forward. Route to the unknown. These routes evolve, at times, in sinuous meanders and stumble, at other times, with abrupt inflections, thus creating knots within the limits of the perceptible that will later be resolved out of field.

The use of pink and blue is a conscious choice, a matter of activism. These colors are heavily loaded with a perverse meaning. Still today in 2021, they are used onto kids to perpetuate heteronormativity, to make them to conform, to make clear from a very early age what are the social expectations on them, to teach them what "only for girls" and "only for boys" mean. At the end, the segregation by color works ultimately as a mechanism to construct a binary and artificial world where many of us don't fit in. My usage of these two colors is an appropriation intended to deactivate them as an artifact, to decode the terrible meaning we project on them, the same way the word queer was appropriated by the LGBTQI community to make it switch from being a swearword to a self-defining concept, full of pride.

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​​Alejandro Javaloyas has been creating and studying art his entire life. Born in Mallorca (Spain), the artist has traversed many cities (Palma, Barcelona, Berlin, Helsinki, and Toulouse) around the world and experienced many forms of art, each informing his work today as an abstract painter.

Schooled in Barcelona through his university education in film, Alejandro moved in 2021 to Toulouse, where resides and also has his studio. His abstract paintings can be seen in local and regional galleries, both in Spain and France, and also online.

Painting is the artist’s mechanism for flushing out what’s important. As a means to his catharsis, Alejandro created for himself an alternate and deeply spiritual reality through painting, one in which he can balance his need for control, discipline, and restraint, yet also let go and be emotive. His painting serves him both symbolically and literally as a way to organize and plan, something his obsessive nature requires in life, yet he also relishes in the freedoms of uninhibited expression it provides. Viscerally, through the tensions of his mark-making, the transformations of his color palette and application, and the layering of shapes, Alejandro finds a spiritual grounding that, at times, feels like fulfilling an alter ego.

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Trans Enough by Al Blackledge (USA)

Sometimes as a nonbinary trans person, there are moments when people may doubt if you’re “Trans Enough” because we break away from their traditional understanding of what being trans is. But being trans is not exclusive to the binary, there are so many genders between and outside of Male and Female. I wanted to show how trans-ness is both Binary and Nonbinary and not one or the other by creating flow of all the colors from both the Trans Pride flag and the Non-binary Pride flag.

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Al Blackledge is a 27 year old queer non-binary disabled artist from Tampa, Florida. They’ve been creating both as a hobby and professionally for most of their life. Abstract painting and cartoon illustration are some of their favorite forms of creating. They aspire to make art their full time profession and to continue making pieces that represent their experience as a queer nonbinary trans person.

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