Monday, October 24, 2016

que se abra esa puerta

WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS A DRAWING THAT IS ART, MOST DEFINITELY, BUT COULD BE CONSIDERED OBSCENE OR PORNOGRAPHIC BY SOME. IF THIS COULD OFFEND YOU, STOP SCROLLING.



There´s this exhibition at the Museo del Estanquillo, in the historic centre of Mexico City, called "Que se abra esa puerta - Sexualidad, Sensualidad y Erotismo" (Let that door open - Sexuality, Sensuality and Eroticism) with a sort of sexuality history of Mexico from its colonization by the Spanish until our days. It's an interesting exhibition, though nobody should be surprised at the role the catholic church played in creating a double morality, as well as a misogynist and homophobic society. 

What I found most valuable, though, were a few little treasures... like this drawing by none other than Sergei Eisenstein, who spent some time in Mexico (Guanajuato) and had a romance with a local prominent figure. This is as explicitly homoerotic as it gets, eh?




But also, and even more shocking – if you found the drawing shocking, that is – there were photos of the first couple of Pride Marches in Mexico City, along with newspaper clippings and fliers and zines from the time. For one, the language in some of the less reputable newspapers was incredibly demeaning and violent. It was terrifying to read that and to imagine there was a time when LGBTQ people had to read and hear this on a constant basis. 

But also, it was amazing to realize how far we've come in this city – how diverse our marches have become, and how big. How much language has evolved. How being openly LGBTQ is much less of an issue now. Sure, there are still a number of problems, but the amount of progress is astonishing.






An exhibition you should visit. It closes on January 23rd 2017, so you've still got time if you're around. Let the door to freedom of gender expression, to sexual freedom, to individual freedom, keep opening wider and wider!

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