My name is Emil, my pronouns are he/him, and I am an Argentinian-born and London-based photographer. Before moving to the UK, I lived in Paris, where I obtained an MSc in Computer Graphics at Université Pierre et Marie Curie in 2010. While completing my science degree, I started taking portraits as a self-taught photographer and practised for ten years before beginning my Photography MA at the Royal College of Art.
My practice is concerned with body politics and gender, representation and visibility of dissident identities.My work embodies both documentary and activist notions. I use the camera as a tool for promoting equality and positive change. I confront the cisgender gaze and hegemonic heteronormativity by subverting the fetishized eye of the apparatus. Working with my community helps form a collective, internal and unbiased perspective of our representation within photography. Throughout my practice, I employ a large-format camera accompanied by a process of slowing down – allowing me to develop a relationship with the individuals I photograph. I am interested in documenting the lives and accounts of others as well as the frequent intersections with my own experiences. In this sense, I regard my practice as a method of exploring my own gender identity and sexuality.
While my photographic series occupy gallery spaces, they are also housed in ad-hacking and street art campaigns with which I aim to raise further questions of access and privilege.
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