Press Release | PRPG.mx and Dab Art Co. present Nelson Morales’s “SIBARITA” as part of Fotographia 2021 in our CDMX gallery from March 6th to April 10th by appointment and online with Artsy.net from March 6th to May 15th, 2021.
Morales explores the stories of the Muxes community of Oaxaca, Mexico. Muxes are considered a third gender in the Oaxaca, not male or female, but only Muxe. Nelson explores his own third gender identity as a member of the community while evoking the sensuality, courage, and individuality of gender expression. In this featured solo exhibition as part of Fotographia 2021, Nelson shares a series of photo interventions adding layers of colors, textures, and significance to the dialogue within himself and his subject matter.
Nelson Morales obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences from José Vasconcelos University of Oaxaca in 2008 and has dedicated himself to his photographic explorations since. He is in collections, has exhibited, and continues to show his work in countries such as Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Canada, Portugal, Malaysia, India, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, United States, and Mexico. Morales has won numerous awards and recognitions including and not limited to Finalist in The Rencontres d’Arles Book awards contest, France (2019). First place in the PRIDE PHOTO AWARD international competition in the Netherlands (2019). Recently it is part of the National system of creators of FONCA. In 2020 he won the “Center Stage Family” contest in Moscow Russia. For more information regarding the exhibition please contact Micheal Swank, MichealSwank@PRPG.mx
Artist’s Statement | Nelson Morales obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences from the José Vasconcelos University of Oaxaca. Since 2008 Morales has dedicated himself completely to photography independently and has studied various educational programs of contemporary photography in Mexico. His work focuses mainly on issues of gender, body, identity and sexual diversity. He has made various collective and individual exhibitions in countries such as: Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Canada, Portugal, Malaysia, India, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, United States, and Mexico. Among the achievements he has obtained are: Honorable mention in the international photography contest: “Young people in the mirror”, (2010). Winner of the photo contest “It makes you see more” on channel 11 of the IPN (2012). Winner of the contest “Young people, their crises and hopes” Scholarship fotoensayo (2013). Latin American documentary photography contest finalist “Work and the days”, Finalist in the category of individual portrait “Kuala Lumpur Photo Fest. Awards Nominated in the international photography festival “Paraty in focus 2014 and 2015 (Fortaleza, Brazil) Honorable mention in the POY LATAM 2015. Honorable mention in the 2nd. Biennial Héctor García. In 2016 he obtained the Young Creators Scholarship (FONCA). Selected in the biennials of Oaxaca 2014 and 2016. Selected in the third of contemporary photography (2017). Selected in the Photography Biennial of the center of the image (2018). Finalist in the FOLA PHOTOBOOK award (2018). He was one of the winners of the “Arte para todos” call of the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (2019). Honorable mention in the POY Latam contest for his photobook Musas Muxe (2019). Finalist in The Rencontres d’Arles Book awards contest, France (2019). First place in the PRIDE PHOTO AWARD international competition in the Netherlands (2019). Recently it is part of the National system of creators of FONCA. In 2020 he won the “Center Stage Family” contest in Moscow Russia. His work has been published in Aperture, New York times, Vogue Italia, Vogue México, Vice, Mexicanísimo, TETU, Loeil de la photograpie, The British Journal of photography, Musée Magazine, Der Greif and others. In 2018 he published his first Photobook, “Musas Muxe” and in 2019 he published his second Photobook “Fantastic Woman”. His work belongs to different collections, both public and private.
Artist’s Bio | During the last eleven years I have worked with diverse communities, especially with the Muxes of Oaxaca which are considered a third gender in Oaxaca, not male or female, only Muxe. At the same time I have also looked for my own identity and belonging within the same community. It has been a long, complex but ultimately very liberating process. This series is a continuation of my work with the Muxes in which I do a series of different interventions with different materials, colors and textures. This series evokes a sensual, daring world, where there are no defined rules or artistic techniques, it is just getting carried away by impulse and fascination.