Masc4Mascara, 2017 — 2019

For they exhibition at Centro Cultural Tijuana, Mauricio Muñoz presents MASC4Mascara, a project that revolves around the applications used between gay men to establish emotional and sexual relationships. These, a place within a screen, is revealed to be a field that often shows misogynistic, racist and transphobic dynamics —reproduced as an echo that carries a virulent patriarchal disease— in the language and images used.

Project exhibited individually at CECUT, Tijuana

Masc4Mascara

In a world where images are the weapon and vehicle of a wildly discriminatory capitalism, what bodies are being represented, and how does this affect our affections, desires and sensibilities? The work of Mauricio Muñoz (Tijuana, 1993) is based on performances, paintings and installations that, through languages typical of pop culture and parody, inquire into the power structures that govern various queer communities. Historically, these groups have been attacked under a hate rhetoric programmed by political and religious parties, but currently they can also be found inserted in the LGBTTTIQA + community center.

For they exhibition at the Centro Cultural Tijuana, Mauricio Muñoz presents MASC4Mascara, a project that revolves around the applications used between gay men to establish emotional and sexual relationships. These, places within a screen, are revealed as a field that shows often misogynistic, racist and transphobic dynamics - reproduced as an echo that carries a virulent patriarchal disease - in the language and images used. Phrases of contempt towards brown bodies and feminine personalities become a common thing among the the profiles, some of which perform and exalt a hyper masculinity acted in front of the camera.

Through an ambiental installation of LED lights, the exhibition space takes the form of a market in which light boxes, neon texts and videos on luminous sculptures play satirically with elements alluding to discrimination in social networks. Fruit emojis, shopping lists and metal structures materialize on a physical level the virtual site of gay cruising applications, which the artist defines as a “body market”.

In a gesture to state their identity from the performative, the atmosphere houses a series of Lip Syncs and music videos in which Muñoz, under the characterization of different characters, generates an act of resistance from his own Latinx identity, body and femininity as opposed to a wave of speeches about exoticism, beauty and heteronormativity. The objective of MASC4Mascara, as taking place in the Tijuana Cultural Center as its first openly queer exhibition, is not to aim and demonize, but to recognize that in our own communities there is an evil that must end in order to conceive safe spaces, both physical and digital.