Artists Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo (R) and Andrew Mroczek (L) pose for a portrait at the exhibition "Canon" on view at the Museum of Sex on Fifth Avenue, Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photo Credit: Natan Dvir)

Instagram Takeover: Andrew Mroczek

Recent Photoworks Annual Issue 24 contributor, Andrew Mroczek becomes our next guest editor for our Instagram takeover, February 2018.

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The work of collaborators Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo (Peru, 1976) & Andrew Mroczek (USA, 1977) focuses on aspects of marginalization as the result of patriarchy and social class, along with themes of masculinity, gender identity and gender roles as they effect the LGBTQ communities, most recently, in Peru. They have exhibited their work in solo exhibitions at The Museum of Sex, New York; The McClain Gallery, Houston; Chicago’s Schneider Gallery; and AS220 Gallery of Providence, Rhode Island; and numerous group exhibitions in the US, Cuba, and South America. In 2016 their exhibition, Canon, was an official exhibition of the FotoFest Biennial. Their work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Artsy, Artnews, Paper Magazine, Photoworks UK, Gayletter, OUT Magazine, Museé, VICE, the Advocate, Lenscratch, The Houston Press, El Comercio Peru, and PRI’s The World.

Joel Arquímedes Molero Sánchez: 19, Gay, Murdered, 2013. Joel was tortured by having his genitals, fingers, and toes cut from his body. He was then beheaded and burned on a straw mattress beside a landfill on Rodriguez de Mendoza, in Chachapoyas, Amazonas, Perú. His body was identified by the bracelet he wore on his right hand. . . . This image is from our #padrepatria (#fatherland) series. I’m Andrew Mroczek (@andrewmroczek) posting on behalf of myself and Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo. . . . . . #IGTakeover #andrewmroczek #juanjosebarbozagubo #barbozagubomroczek #photography #peru #transgender #trans #LGBT #LGBTQ #gay #activism #murder #hatecrime #transrights #canon #exhibit #museum #humanrights #igualidad #equality #maclima #mac #museodeartecontemporaneo #museodeartecontemporaneodelima #museodeartecontemporaneolima

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I’m Andrew Mroczek (@andrewmroczek) posting on behalf of myself and Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo. The subjects in Los Chicos represent the community within Peru’s culture who defy patriarchal machismo and the antiquated social mores of masculinity. These young gay men have exhibited tremendous courage by allowing themselves to be seen, publicly, as a thriving community within a slowly changing environment of acceptance. This increase in visibility has contributed to an empowered vocalization for equal rights within Peru’s LGBTQ communities; specifically, in 2014, the demand for recognized civil unions had become an official component of Peru’s political discussions—a groundbreaking event and a clear first step toward equality. — The boys have been photographed in one of Peru’s hidden manses: a home once lavish and regal, now left nearly neglected, it stands within one of Lima’s most revered communities surrounded by pockets of new construction, high-rises, and tourist destinations. It remains a reminder of Peru’s magnificence and cultural significance as well as its dysfunctional concepts of class and social rank. . . . . #IGTakeover #andrewmroczek #juanjosebarbozagubo #barbozagubomroczek #photography #peru #LGBT #LGBTQ #activism #homosexuality #gay #gayrights #canon #exhibit #museum #photography #malenude #stilllife #colonial #humanrights #igualidad #equality #maclima #mac #museodeartecontemporaneo #museodeartecontemporaneodelima #museodeartecontemporaneolima

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