Luis Cobelo Chas Chas 30 years ago, I came across a story in a comic book called “Parque Chas”, about a mysterious neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The comic reveals the adventu…
30 years ago, I came across a story in a comic book called “Parque Chas”, about a mysterious neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The comic reveals the adventures of a writer who was told that fantastic and extraordinary things happen there. A place where wonderful mystical people live.
New York-based photographer Jo Ann Walters grew up in a small working class town in the Mississippi River Valley where industrial labor was prevalent—”nearly everyone I knew had fathers, brothers, husbands, sons, friends and lovers who labored in these local factories, working night shifts, calculating the material and emotional expense of holiday pay and overtime, and who often drank hard and steady,” she recalls. Her own grandfather and father included, having once owned a small sheet metal fabrication shop.
Hundreds of Iranian homosexual refugees transit by Denizli, a small Turkish town, where they put their lives on hold while waiting to find a country where they can freely live their sexuality. In this context of uncertainty, where anonymity is the best protection, this work questions the fragile notion of identity and gender. It tries to give back to these people an image that their country has momentarily stolen.