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Michelle Mendieta Mean

Sandro



Sandro

Material: Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta 315gsm
Ektar 100 shot on large format
Limited edition of 10 

Size: 120cm x 100cm (this includes a white border of approximately 4cm on all sides as shown in the exhibition).

Part of an ongoing series of portraits sharing the intimate lives of my queer friends and community in England. 


These images take place in the private spaces of my queer friends’ homes. I began documenting a person I met at a queer rave last term named Sandro, a non-binary femme individual pursuing a Ph.D in Psychology.

I attempt to explore the multifaceted identities of my sitters. For Sandro, their journey of embracing fitness/ weightlifting, tattoos and sexuality as a means to build self-confidence and address living with an autoimmune disability. These portraits are about aspects that are integral to Sandro’s self; exercise, their “wounded and healing body” and how these facets interact with their queerness.  

I decided to create this series of intimate portraits using 4x5 large format Ektar 100 colour film. Through utilising the slow and considerate method of large format film, I prioritize the art of forming connections with my friends, sharing an evening together to learn more about each other, which I aim to reflect in the meditative and collaborative experience of producing this series.

View artist shop for more prints from my Queer Portraits series.

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