Berlin-based photographer Guido Castagnoli explores the in-betweens of gender in his latest photographic work entitled “Bodies that Matter”.
Inspired by American gender theorist Judith Butler, the portrait series explores Butler’s theory that gender is determined by a reiteration of norms. Rather than being something that one is, it is something one does – an act, or more precisely, a sequence of acts. A verb rather than a noun.
Castagnoli reached out to member of Berlin’s LGBTQ+ community through social media with a casting call to photograph strangers in Berlin, a city that embraces openness and freedom, who share his own experience with the desire to deconstruct the idea that gender and sexual orientation are just black and white. Working with a large format camera, each portrait was limited to two images and needed an intense moment of stillness from the subject, allowing for no margin of error. The final image records a process of a moment of discovering a stranger. The result is an intensity that has surfaced between the photographer and the subject
Scroll through the image gallery below for a selection of photos from the series, and visit Castagnoli’s website here for the full project.