Our country is “in the middle” of changing its definition of gender. In the town of San Miguel Tilcajete in Oaxaca gender fluidity has been recognized and accepted for at least 2,500 years by the Zapotec people who inhabit the area. My photos take place during Carnival, a joyous event where there have always been three recognized genders; male, female and muxe.
The subject of my portrait series has one foot in childhood and one foot in adulthood. It’s a time fraught with questions of identity, image, and purpose. Who are we, and who do we want to be? How do we wish to be seen by others? And how much of ourselves do we keep private?