Photographs by Manit Sriwanichpoom
I was asked to shoot transvestites for an exhibition entitled 'Borderline',
it set me thinking. Why do we see these people as 'borderline' ?
Is it really only because of their confusing sexual identity? Is
it because society calls borderline anything living or dead that
it cannot easily define? Although I have never personally been drawn
to this subject as a photographer, this assignment gave me the opportunity
to reflect on their popularity as 'photographic objects', aside
from their partiality to sequins and feathered boas.
Perhaps the more truly grotesque a society becomes, the stronger
grows its need for safe 'grotesque' mascots, like those sad-eyed
Spanish dwarves, court entertainers, painted by Diego Velasquez,
to reassure the majority that it is not, that 'we' are not, borderline;
that it is....normal, in the main.