Dark Tears (Paperback)

LGBTQ Resilience in Latin America

By Claudia Jares

New Press, 9781620974070, 192pp.

Publication Date: June 11, 2019

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Description

A beautifully packaged and profound exploration of human desire and queer sexuality in Latin America by the acclaimed Argentinian photographer Claudia Jares

In Dark Tears, award-winning Argentinian photographer and performance artist Claudia Jares takes her lens to the reality of queer experience in Argentina, Venezuela, and across Latin America, exploring questions of sexuality, religion, and identity with the raw eroticism that is the hallmark of her style. Here she tells the stories of a number of people struggling to come to terms with their identity in a region that, despite much progress in LGBTQ rights in recent years, still moves to a strongly conservative Christian heartbeat that condemns same-sex relations and reveres the institution of the heteronormative family.

Drawing on the queer traditions of burlesque and drag, Dark Tears is a journey into an interior erotic landscape as it profiles a number of different couples--gay, lesbian, gender nonconforming--to delve into the hidden corners and diverse configurations of human desire as it conflicts with more staid, traditional values. A balance of celebrating acceptance and recalling the clandestine, furtive history of queer sexuality, these explicit black-and-white and color images are a challenge to the viewer as voyeur, but also an invitation to enter with empathy into the intimate world of Jares's subjects.

Dark Tears was designed by Emerson, Wajdowicz Studios (EWS).


About the Author

Born in Argentina, Claudia Jares relocated during the military dictatorship to Boston in her late teens. A major exhibition was curated on her work in Italy in 2014 at dirartecontemporary 2.0 gallery. She lives in Buenos Aires.