Virginia Lupu @ Suprainfinit Gallery
There is a part of reality some of us ignore as if it is absent, simply not there for us to acknowledge, people we deny not only their rights, but their actual existence among us, that we reject and run away from as far as we can to pursue our normal and socially accepted path in life, undisturbed by alternative views of the same reality. If at some point we accidentally intersect with these inadequate situations and characters, we often find ways to expose our immaculate moral principles, because, isn’t it so, we are always in the right position to judge and the only holders of the true values which society should be based on, although its diversity proves otherwise.
Virginia Lupu, the pseudonym of the Romanian photographer who has dedicated three years of sustained photographic attention to present the everyday lives, the joys, the longings, the dramas and intimate experiences of the transgender community in Bucharest, steps away from the judging frame in search of a different approach, not staged, nor fabricated, but rather a natural, unfiltered reflection of the subject through analog photography. Her solo show ‘tossing and turning, crushing and teasing, breaking and shaping’, on view at Suprainfinit Gallery through May 20th, 2016 (82 Popa Nan Street, Sinatex Factory, 2nd floor, Bucharest; Tue-Sat, 12-18h), and visited during the Gallery Weekend, is not a demonstration for the legal rights of this community even though the artist is indeed a supporter, but proposes, according to curator Adriana Trancă, “a critical reevaluation of the tools, strategies, and paradigms which we have come to work with in morally challenging situations.”
Virginia captures, in what appears to be a both artistic and sociological practice, the routine and personal world of the ones she came to live with, thus know and understand them from within the group. She is not merely an observer. If she had been just a curious outsider, the series would most probably have not been possible. As Adriana Trancă explains, from her position as an adopted member of the group, Virginia Lupu “has not only exposed how bodies in transition shape but also how they emotionally interact with the others and with each other.” And the comfort of posing in front of the camera comes from the comfort of “posing for a friend, for someone they deeply trust.”
Inviting to a more thoughtful conversation regarding these aspects, the exhibition acts as a reminder of “the fact that we are all the same after all, we only interpret/ see/ understand/ perceive/ feel things differently.”
Photos: The re:art