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Author: Susana Vargas
Design: Olivier Andreotti (Toluca Studio)
Size: 24 × 32.5 cm
Language: Bilingual (ENG-ESP)
Publication year: 2014
Collector’s Edition: Mujercitos
Mujercitos historicizes photographs of men dressed as women in the mexi- can newspaper Alarma! (red page for the bloody content).
This research examines how these photographs participate in the larger na- tional imaginary of non-normative sexualities in Mexico through an analysis of how and which specific modes of being identified are at play. The images were published in the leading nota roja newspaper in the span of three de- cades (1963 to 1986).
The images presented in the book portray very sexualized subjects taking center stage within the photographs. The design of the book, inspired by the newsprint tearsheets is by Paris-based graphic designer Olivier Andreotti. The images are compiled by Susana Vargas, who contributes an essay about this particular topic in the Mexican context. The prologue is by Cuauhtémoc Medina, the most renowned Mexican art critic.