at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago)
June 3 – August 29, 2021
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In the world that Martine Gutierrez photographs, she exists as the cynosure of global desire. The artist’s self-produced (and wholly independent) art publication, Indigenous Woman (2018), places variations of her image and body at the center of countless mise-en-scène, as she disrupts, subverts, and reappropriates the rarified space of cisgendered identity and whiteness—no longer unquestioned ideals for principal bodies in popular culture and iconography.
Through fashion spreads, product advertisements, and original text, Indigenous Woman deploys fluidity to reveal how deeply racism, colorism, sexism, transphobia and other biases are embedded and ubiquitous. Selections from the full 124-page Indigenous Woman body of work have been exhibited all over the world, including the 58th Venice Biennale.
“Mine is a practice of full autonomy. All photography, modeling, styling, makeup, hair, lighting, graphic design, and product design, I have created myself.” – Martine Gutierrez, text from Indigenous Woman
This exhibition of Gutierrez’s photographs, presented in the Print Study Room of the MoCP galleries, represents selections from the Indigenous Woman larger body of work. Later this summer, Martine Gutierrez at the Museum of Contemporary Photography will coincide with the artist’s Public Art Fund exhibition of a new series of photographs on 300 JCDecaux bus shelters across Chicago, New York City, and Boston, opening on August 25, 2021.
“We are conditioned to assume that physical appearance is, in fact, identity, which is often not the case. As mixed transwomen, we’re often seen as male when we feel female, or have been assumed to be from another culture because our ethnicities are ambiguous. None of us fit neatly into one category.” – Martine Gutierrez
DJ Jacqui Guerrero, virtual opening reception 2021