Published February 22, 2018

Dramatis personæ

As beautiful as the chance encounter of a sewing machine and an umbrella on an operating table*

The element of grotesque prevails in Dramatis personæ . The glamor of transgenders participating in a beauty contest of pageant disguise in a public space, in the square Praça Thomé de Souza, Salvador, Brazil, results from the transgression of the severe limits of binary male-female society, the discovery of sex as real and illusory, natural and built, the falsifying of physical dimensions of the body that reaches the deformity and the grotesque, the combination of imaginative and provocative or disparate elements of disguises, the irony and the gender’s substantialization as outfit. The beautiful disguises of bodies, whose gender has been redefined, are causing embarrassment to the mythical references while they stand in weird contrast and harmony with therational environment around them, serving an aesthetic of ambiguity and malformation. [1]Comte de Lautréamont, Les Chants de Maldoror
Photini Papahatzi