La Tortura (2006-2019) started during an extended stay in Buenos Aires, where I tried to make sense of queer desire in the streets of the Argentinian capital city.
The fast access to strangers in urban life, whenever pedestrians come close at a traffic light or queue up, or see one another through the windows of a vehicle, forms a web of impossible interactions. This bumping against each other I named 'La Tortura'. By calling desire torture, I echoed the reality of queer folks living under heteronormative pressures. Their senses, looks, and feelings must conform to other people’s gaze, censorship, or possibly, censorship.
I ended up recreating the queer gaze on the streets of cities as distinct as Lima, Havana, Athens, Los Angeles, and London. The series approaches the voyeur as a character that has lost authority, whereas its marginal position in social encounters has not yet disappeared.