Photo: Byron Toledo, Andrés Bolaños
Línea imaginaria (Imaginary Line)
Utopías, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Quito, Ecuador.
Curated by Eduardo Carrera Rivadeneira
In Ecuador, homosexuality was considered a crime with a prison sentence of up to 8 years. It was not until 1997 that Article 516 of the Penal Code criminalizing homosexuality was considered unconstitutional.
Nowadays in Ecuador there are Gay Conversion clinics with treatments and practices that are illegal. According to the testimonies and complaints of young people who have been forcibly interned at these places: people have been subjected to involuntarily seclusion and isolation, physical and psychological torture, humiliation, deprivation of sleep and food, as well as “corrective rapes.” In the legal sense homosexuals have stopped being considered criminals in Ecuador to become sick subjects to be treated.
I am detained against a wall behind a barbed wire which creates a seclusion space inside the gallery that people can enter to closely observe my body.
(Presented as part of the LGBTIQ + Ecuador 2018 pride month)