Paz Errazuriz’s arresting image of Pilar, a cross-dresser working in an underground brothel in Chile during the 1980s, forms part of a larger body of work titled Adam’s Apple, 1983. Taken during Chile’s military dictatorship – a time when gender non-conforming people were regularly subjected to curfews, persecutions and police brutality – this photograph represents a collaborative and defiant act of political resistance for both Errazuriz and Pilar.
Paz Errazuriz is just one of 20 photographers featured in the Barbican’s latest exhibition. Standing alongside works by Danny Lyon, Mary Ellen Mark, Boris Mikhailov and Dayanita Singh, this is a celebration of the enduring relationship between the photographer and communities operating on the margins of society.
Touching on themes of gender and sexuality, counter and sub-cultures and minorities of all kinds, the exhibition reflects a more diverse, authentic and complex view of the world from the 1950s onwards.
Fittingly, it starts right at the end of LGBT History Month (read our highlights here).