Manu Mojito Art
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‘Manu Mojito’: More than a selfie 

BY MARIA CRISTINA PIGNALOSA - THE CITY PAPER

 

 ‘Manu Mojito’ is a relative newcomer to the contemporary art scene in Colombia, and the 26 year-old, Bogotá-based photographer, has become well-known for his photographic sequences involving mini plots involving subject matter of gender cross-over, identity ambiguity, and a viewer’s tolerance of sexually-tinted subjects. Grounded in a photographic vision of pop culture, the artist inspired by a Warholian ‘alter ego’ directs his lens towards portraits, although he does shoot commercially for a living. In Manu’s spare time, he also takes selfies, often behind a ‘disguise’ of bling, dark shades and vampy black lip-gloss. He is not attracted to landscape photography. Born as Manuel Sepulveda, ‘Mojito’s’ latest photographic project is entitled ‘Muñecos de loza’ –or China dolls – and is exhibited this month at the MAC contemporary art museum in the Minuto de Dios district. The second version of a yearly collective, MAC will host a series of conferences and workshops based on the works of the 15 artists selected, such as RoSa, Maria Catalina Rodriguez, Juan Pablo Echeverri, Ana Patricia Palacios, Rodrigo Facundo, Andres Borda among others. It took ‘Manu’ an entire year to prepare the program and selection of artists for the MAC exhibit and it reflects a serious approach to issues surrounding “dissident” human sexuality and discrimination based on gender inclusion or exclusion. Venezuelan artist José Joaquín Figueroa and Spanish creator Abel Azcona will deliver lectures and host several workshops. The project is supported by various entities, such as Neebex Gallery, LaSalle College and the Universidad Javeriana. Visitors will have the opportunity to sign up and learn about new photo techniques in digital and print retouching as well as printing methods behind conceptualized images.


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SOBRE "MONEY, SUCCESS, FAME, GLAMOUR"


En su obra ha explorado la noción de representación de la identidad del hombre contemporáneo creando un alter ego, Manu Mojito, personaje que proviene del mundo de la moda, que actúa como las luminarias del jet set, con el cual propone al artista mismo como sujeto de la moda. En esta serie Money, Succes, Fame, Glamour, explora los modelos de representación y de identidad, en un mundo embelesado en el culto al cuerpo, la belleza, y los ideales de poder y fama. A través del retrato de personajes del mundo del arte y la cultura, que están aparentemente lejos de los estándares de la moda y el jet set, convierte a los sujetos en imágenes ideales que supuestamente cumplen con las expectativas estéticas, sociales y de posición social que exige la cultura mediática actual.  Clemencia Poveda. 


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EL REBUSQUE MEXICO - COLOMBIA

de la serie #HOYSOYO

Proyecto ganador de la beca "Estancia de Creación Artística", Becas de Excelencia de Programas Especiales del Gobierno de México para Extranjeros.


En unas sociedades que son diversas, la T paradójicamente "no debe existir" y si existe será desde la marginación, la decadencia, la miseria emocional y social. Desde ese lugar se ha narrado la Historia T, acostumbrada a enunciarse y autoenunciarse desde un lenguaje alternativo, documental, crudo en forma y fondo, aparentemente coherente con la injusticia y el dolor. Expuesta desde la violencia, la Historia T ha reclamado respeto y conciencia al resto de la sociedad. 

Desde "El Rebusque" (Colombia, 2010) Manu Mojito contradice el modo de narrar y recurre al lenguaje publicitario para seguir escribiendo la Historia T a través de una disciplina diseñada para homogeneizar a las personas, apelando a un lenguaje diseñado para comunicar aquello que se debe ser, pensar y sentir si se quiere pertenecer al mainstream.

Si el lenguaje publicitario esta destinado a embellecer y construir lo atractivo para el grueso del cuerpo social, Manu identifica esta disciplina como idónea para dejar atrás el victimismo y abrir sentido a la belleza, física y humana, de las personas trans, retratando mujeres y hombres que transitan con naturalidad en la sociedad, personas que se viven "dentro de", alejadas del rincón que la cultura hegemónica ha diseñado para ellos en reductos teóricos, semanas LGBTTTIQ, lenguajes visuales específicos o espacios underground. Lo trans permea en todo y en todos, la publicidad lo hace del mismo modo, y la comunidad Trans, cansada de ser entendida "al margen", necesita no sólo un trato igualitario si no trascender una discusión que nunca tendría que haber iniciado.

Durante su residencia en México, Manu se ha vinculado con diversas personas trans que contribuyen a tal efecto a partir de iniciativas personales, ciudadanas, profesionales, para desarrollar, bajo los lineamientos estéticos de una editorial de moda, retratos que nos permiten entender a sus protagonistas como parte activa de la sociedad. 

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In a diverse society, where paradoxically the transexual culture should not exist and if it did, it would be from the marginalization , the decadence, the emotional and social misery. This is the point from where the trans history has been told. Used to articulate and self-enunciate from an alternate language, documental statements, crude in form and substance, seemingly coherent with unjustice and pain, exposed from violence, the Trans history has claimed society´s respect and awarness.

Through “El Rebusque” (Colombia 2010) Manu Mojito contradicts the narrative speech and appeals to the advertising language to continue writing the trans history. Through a discipline designed to homogenize people, appealing to a communicative language designed to define how it should be, think and feel, if the desire is to belong to the mainstream.

If the advertising language is destined to beautify and build the attractive for the bulk of the social body, Manu identifies this discipline as suitable to move beyond victimhood and to open sense of transexual physical and human beauty. By portaying men and women who naturally pass into society, people who live “inside” and away from the corner of the homogenic culture that has been designed for them in theoretical stringholds as LGBTTTIQ weeks, defined and specific visual laguages or underground spaces. The trans permates in everything and everyone, as advertising does . The tired transexual community understood from the “outside”, needs not only equal treatment but to transcend a discussion or speech that should never have started.

During his residency in Mexico, Manu was linked to various transexual people who contribute to this end from personal, civic and profesional initiatives, to develope under the aesthetic lineaments of a fashion editorial, portraits that allow us to understand their protagonists as an active part of society.

Eugenio Echeverría

Dir. Centro Cultural Border, México.