The First Sex

"The First Sex" is a collective exercise of visual and theoretical rupture, promoted by three queer bodies from the global south, which aims to respond to a little-formulated and even less-answered question, both in the private and public spheres, within families or in the academic study groups; “What is a man?”.

Our impetus with said project was to promote an ontological turn, where identities and bodies like ours - a bisexual cisgender woman, a lesbian non-binary person and a transvestite - were historically objects of research. We seek to reflect on the crossings of the category and political regime of gender, from the identity and body of those who founded it, the cisgender man.

To achieve such aesthetic and epistemic profanation, all dissident existences not enclosed in the normality of the cisgender man were brought into focus, as opposed to the methodologies used by the psi sciences, in which men sought to understand the female subject and people of non-conforming genders.

The few studies on “being a man” generally start from parallel issues such as domestic violence (Muszcat, 2006) and hierarchical relations in penitentiaries (Schpun, 2004), but it is difficult for works focused on the male as an object of study to be found. The project brings as thinkers to rationalize about the question “What is a man?” precisely these “Other” subjects.

In this sense, we have as a resource and tool for multimedia materialization of this critical turn, the proposal to photograph and interview, with audio recordings, cisgender women and transgender people, that is, bodies and identities traditionally placed as subjects by cisgender men, here presented as individuals capable of defining and qualifying what a man is.

With this, we hope to generate debates about this masculinity and possibly collaborate with the construction of a “less colonial, racializing, capitalistic and patriarchal collective unconscious” (Rolnik, 2018), that is, more realistic and ethical regarding this illusory category constructed centuries ago for those men who have been placing us, for centuries, as second-rate beings, second-rate social and political subjects.

The First Sex was selected to represent Brazil in the E-CO/22 call, “D[E•CO]NSTRUIR LA MIRADA, Narrativas Visuales Contemporáneas en Clave de Gênero”, sponsored by the Vist foundation and the Embassy of Spain in Brazil. The project was conceived by me and produced and carried out by the collective Chama Sapatão, of which I am one of the founders. The final result of the project is a video that can be seen at this link: https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/792051588.

As the creator of the project, I propose to carry out the same proposal in the Landskrona residency, only now with the inhabitants of the city, I aim to ask cisgender women and trans people “What is a man?”, record the answers in audio and to make a portrait of each person, to ideally one day assemble an installation .

I am curious to know what people from a culture so different from mine think about what it means to be a man, if Swedish masculinity is somehow similar to the toxic masculinity prevalent in Latin America and how masculinity, supported until today by patriarchy and capitalism, affects bodies other than the cisgender man. I’m also very interested about the light in Landskrona, I’ve been photographing only with natural light for over 20 years, the idea of getting to know it and adapting it to may work fascinates me.

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Max, 2022 Max, a transmale painter, lies on his bed holding a cigarrete in one of his hands with a cat on his lap. This picture is part of the project "The First Sex", winner of the call Desconstruir la Mirada promoted by EC0/22 and Vist Foundation to represent Brazil. What is a man according to Max: Man is a gender Like all things within the social sphere Gender does not walk alone There is this idea of the unattainable man Who can't embrace all other men That is this man Cisgender White Heterosexual Upper middle class Complete higher education Car and luxury house And here comes all the other men Because this real man He's not here around the corner Got this social man The idea that men are virile, crude and masculine And there's what a man is from my perspective Man for me is identity It is identityIt's how you set up From your construction of masculinity Man for me is to propose other masculinities That is not manly Not this brute Not the one that is closer to instinctivethan the rational A sensitive man A man who pays attention to the little things

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Adelaide, 2022 Adelaide, a teacher, writer and transvestite, sits on a chair. This picture is part of the project "The First Sex", winner of the call Desconstruir la Mirada promoted by EC0/22 and Vist Foundation to represent Brazil. What is a man according to Adelaide: Man does not exist, there are several Myself, I used to be one A man has been company, difficult company A company that sometimes has a high cost The man, by his very presence, creates an important reference for what I don't want to be They do, they did, many of them so badly for us, for so long, they still do Man is a horse Man is a horse It's much easier for people to say that we were never cis, but I used to be And not being able to say that is taking away the courage of my choice I think it takes courage to choose to be who I amI might not have had that courage So I chose to be a transvestite And if I chose to be a transvestite I also need to say that I was once a man I was not a man as a man is expected to be Because I was one that doesn't fit the picture painted on the board of what a man is So I don't think there is a man There is no man What exist are contours The man is a caravel The man is a caravel

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Joseph, 2022 Joseph, a DJ and transmale, sits on his bed. This picture is part of the project "The First Sex", winner of the call Desconstruir la Mirada promoted by EC0/22 and Vist Foundation to represent Brazil. What is a man according to Joseph: Man to me is an epicenter gender creation Where a great collective maintenance is carried out, compacting this epicenter genre

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Neon, 2022 Neon, a transvestite and politician, sits on a bed with one of her hand on her mouth and cross legged. This picture is part of the project "The First Sex", winner of the call Desconstruir la Mirada promoted by EC0/22 and Vist Foundation to represent Brazil. What is a man according to Neon: A man is a process in the making Basically The white, cisgender, straight man It's a fiction Does not exist But at the same time I think of the contributionIn the paradigm shift In the reformulation of the conceptand of existence From the huge contributionof trans men and transmale The fact is that man does not yet exist It is an ongoing process

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Bárbara, 2022 Bárbara, a producer and transvestite, sits on a chair, behind her there is a table with a golden table cloth and a paint of a naked transvestite body. This picture is part of the project "The First Sex", winner of the call Desconstruir la Mirada promoted by EC0/22 and Vist Foundation to represent Brazil. What is a man according to Bárbara: A man is the other A man is the opposite of what I am A man is the one who invades He is the one who colonizes He is the one who takes for himself what is not his and leaves Of what God is man the image and likeness? Of the God who punishes Of the God who watches Of the God who establishes his rules down the throat This is the man! The man is what arrived That imposed And who left He left to watch from afar Whether or not we fulfill his mandateI am not a man My body is not a man's body Because it was the man himself who tried to say Who I was when I was bornand he was wrong I like to think that if he came and left He colonized and abandoned We are free Despite his destruction To be reborn and to rebuild other possibilities Of a new life beyond him Somehow over it To overcome the man in order to live To be able to breath

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Jaz, 2022 Jaz, a transmale student, stands on his bed holding one of his cats while the other cat sits by his side. This picture is part of the project "The First Sex", winner of the call Desconstruir la Mirada promoted by EC0/22 and Vist Foundation to represent Brazil. What is a man according to Jaz: Before anything A man is a human being Who sees himself as a man Who identifies as male Hence, I think There is no man There are men In plural Each one with its particularities Peculiarities Personalities I think man Just man It gets very restricted The are men There are different types of men Who will define what kind of man the person is It's himselfIt's not a square thing A square definition Man that Woman that It's in the plural Are several Pluralities

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Ambrósia, 2022 Ambrósia, an actress and transvestite, sits on her bed holding a cigarrete in one of her hands with a white cat in front of her. This picture is part of the project "The First Sex", winner of the call Desconstruir la Mirada promoted by EC0/22 and Vist Foundation to represent Brazil. What is a man according to Ambrósia: The man is an illusion A very well created illusion The man part of control pictures Very well permeated in the social, collective imaginary So that we believe what it is to be a man There is no recipe for what it is to be a man There is no recipe for what it is to be a woman We have imaginaries that were given to us in the past That we build in the present That one day it will be an imaginary that they will use in the future But for me it's a big illusion Masculinity is an illusion The man is an illusion While it exists What defines man is the illusion that there is masculinity behind the XY thing We're tired of being lied to about what it's like to be a man

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Kátia, 2022 Kátia, a prostitute and cisgender woman, sits on a bed holding a cigarrete in one of her hands. This picture is part of the project "The First Sex", winner of the call Desconstruir la Mirada promoted by EC0/22 and Vist Foundation to represent Brazil. What is a man according to Kátia: A man for me Until today Didn't represent much In my life And my life was like thisin man's handjust suffering Men disgust me They use you They abuse you And discard you

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Cátia, 2022 Cátia, a prostitute and cisgender woman, sits on a bed holding a cigarrete in one of her hands. This picture is part of the project "The First Sex", winner of the call Desconstruir la Mirada promoted by EC0/22 and Vist Foundation to represent Brazil. What is a man according to Cátia: The man He is smart Tasty I like men The man He is very important for woman He's hardworking Likes women, romance They are good to me

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Ellen, 2022 Ellen, writer and cisgender woman, sits on chair. This picture is part of the project "The First Sex", winner of the call Desconstruir la Mirada promoted by EC0/22 and Vist Foundation to represent Brazil. What is a man according to Ellen: A man is a social construction A man can be many things It's also an imposition This man-building relationship I think there are other possibilities From the construction of this being While a man Or man, those The man is a fake Capable of being deconstructed Somehow It's not a totally closed concept Despite the impositions

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Rose, 2022 Rose, cleaning lady and cisgender woman, sits on a chair by the window holding a cigarrete in one of her hands. This picture is part of the project "The First Sex", winner of the call Desconstruir la Mirada promoted by EC0/22 and Vist Foundation to represent Brazil. What is a man according to Rose: The man for me He is a person who In some parts Don't think straight They think only they are right But at the same time everything is wrong Man is hard to deal with It's a complicated animal Very bashful Too soft Why don't you put yourself in a woman's shoes? He has that man tittle But at the same time for me He is not a man For me he is Such a person Very fragile So I think it would be the other way around The strongest women should be born male And the weakest men are born women

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Paulo, 2022 Paulo, photographer and transgerder mam, sits on the arm of a sofa holding his dog. This picture is part of the project "The First Sex", winner of the call Desconstruir la Mirada promoted by EC0/22 and Vist Foundation to represent Brazil. What is a man according to Paulo: I guess I don't know what a man is Within my transition process Since I didn't understand myself as a woman I keep trying to figure myself out if I'm a man I don't think so Because I don't think this is the role I play in society That's not how I am I keep trying to understand What are these possible masculinities? What are these possible places? Inside what it would be like to be that man? But I'm still figuring it out I still don't have an answer for that

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Bia, 2022 Bia, museum director and cisgender woman, sits on the arm of a chair holding a cigarrete in one of her hands. This picture is part of the project "The First Sex", winner of the call Desconstruir la Mirada promoted by EC0/22 and Vist Foundation to represent Brazil. What is a man according to Bia: The men of my generation They can't understand today's woman They can't reinvent themselves They can't turn the page, break through established positions And they got lost I think it's a big suffering for them Especially when they live with a woman who is dynamic They manage to change They can adapt Not men, for them it's difficult The man is a figure I like I like the pleasure they give meI like the coziness and security There's a fantasy in that senseIn practice, I see that this is not what happens But in fantasy that's what feeds me There is a contradiction But who doesn't live that way, in a contradictory way Few men give pleasure to women Men like to have sex with women But few know what it is to give pleasure to women Men like to talk about sex But they understand little about women It is important that they transform Because I perceive them sad and a little lost, not confessed Distressed wanting to change Not quite knowing what And how to make that change They feel very insecure Today’s man Still in the process of change That women started many years ago

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