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Thiago Antonucci is an artist who created a beautiful yet provoking photography series titled, “Gender”.

“Gender” is a series of photographs that explores several aspects of the sexes and their existence. The artist combines and blends male and female genitals, confusing the viewer as to whether he’s looking at a male or a female body. His models pose naked, holding a photo of another person’s private parts, while Antonucci photographs them in black and white. In a photo a person poses holding another person’s head, giving or sharing with her the rights to his body. Shot both solo and in couples, his models create a powerful image of human physiology, while the result of the artist’s exceptional skills demand from the viewer to focus his attention on the photographs and their distorted content.

This series is a view on a current and important social issue, the issue of gender and whether or not it should define a person, their life and their social status. These photographs portray how people struggle to overcome the boundaries and stereotypes set by society and become what is real to them but strange to the outer world. Antonucci opens a discussion about normality and physiology, a discussion that for so many years has been avoided or not openly and fully debated. The artist shares a work that it allows a person’s breasts and another person’s penis to be captured on a body as they were both its own. The fluidity and multiformity, with which the artist touches the subject of gender, creates a visual representation of the confusion and doubt observers feel towards transgender people and the insecurity a trans person has, living in a society of “observers”.

More about the artist and his work on his Behance

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