“Michael and Kai live together in Berlin and try to look as similar as possible to one another. As they still were Nadine and Janina, they met on the Internet and fell in love.
Back then they have barely left puberty. As they finally got together in real life (after fleeing their hometowns), they both started, at the same time, another changing process, with hormone therapy for sex reassignment. The title of this series was chosen after Wislawa Szymborska’s poem “Autotomy”. Autotomy is the capacity some animals have to transform, adapt or mutilate their bodies, to adjust to the environment and protect themselves against predators.” – Adelaide Ivánova
‘Autotomy (…)’ was shown in September 2012 at Centre d’Art Passerelle, in Brest (France); in November 2012, at Dumbo Arts Center, part of NY Photo Festival Awards’ show, and in August 2013 at Dieselkraftwerk Museum Cottbus (Germany). It was published at Paraty em Foco Festival, as Selected Portfolio, TPM Magazine (Brazil), and c-41 (Italy).
Title: Autotomy (…)
Artist: Adelaide Ivánova
Year of publication: 2014
Adelaide Ivánova (1982, Recife/Brazil) is a journalist, writer, translator, and photographer living in Cologne, Germany. She studied Journalism at Universidade Católica de Pernambuco (Recife, Brazil) and Photography at Ostkreuzschule (Berlin, Germany). Adelaide has published several photobooks and her work has been exhibited in Brazil, Argentina, USA, France, and Germany. Find out more about her work here.
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