Criminals/Lovers (Rio de Janeiro), 2009-ongoing

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Criminals/Lovers (Rio de Janeiro)

Images of Rio de Janeiro criminals reworked from the Brazilian press.

The images are digitally manipulated to isolate the main subjects.

I am interested in the news media as theater of violence and eroticism:  in the marginal-heroes at police press conferences posing like stars for paparazzi.  The piece is about those erotically charged spectacles and their homoerotic innuendos.

Criminals (lovers) talks about oppression, out of control violence, gay desire, police abuse and media spectacle; it speaks of a world where a murderer looks just like a TV star.  The piece lays a transverse gaze over the everyday news.