Diversity and gender identity, the theme of the “La nueva era” exhibition, at the TMB's Espai Mercè Sala

08/07/2021 - 16:19

Mobility. The images invite us to reflect on the reality of human diversity.

The exhibition consists of 22 photographs by Jordi Otix, which invite the observer to reflect on diversity and gender identity. His work brings us a perspective focused on art as a transformative tool and shows us that balance is to be found in our diversity.

The Espai Mercè Sala, the exhibition hall at Diagonal metro station, is showing “La nueva era”, a photographic exhibition on the theme of diversity and gender identity.

At the inauguration ceremony this morning, Rosa Alarcón, the president of Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) and Councillor for Mobility, stressed the public-transport operator’s commitment to diversity in this ‘new era’ we are living in.

The exhibition consists of 22 artistic photographs of three models, taken by Jordi Otix, which encourage the observer to reflect on the reality of people who are diverse because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

The images, some of which show naked bodies, aim to raise people’s awareness about respect for others, equal opportunities and non-discrimination. The three models featured in the photographs are Ricardo Domínguez, Amanda Araújo and Groupie D.

The project is curated by the Berdache Gender Art Festival, with the coordination of Karakter Studio, and it came to fruition thanks to the collaboration of the TMB Foundation, Trànsit Projectes, Pride Barcelona, Casa Batlló Gaudí Barcelona and EGM Quality Image.

The photographer Jordi Otix, the author of the images shown at the exhibition, emphasised the relevance of this artistic project: “This group of people is marginalised, especially in terms of human rights, and we wanted this project to make them more visible, freer, to empower them, to raise awareness. There is nothing more important than the freedom to be yourself, to express yourself as you feel at any given moment, and it is very important to foster this”.

The exhibition is on until the end of September at the Espai Mercè Sala, located in the corridor connecting the two Line-5 vestibules at Diagonal metro station, Mondays to Fridays, from 10 am to 8 pm. Free admission.