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existential boner by Mahalia Taje Giotto
existential boner by Mahalia Taje Giotto
existential boner by Mahalia Taje Giotto
existential boner by Mahalia Taje Giotto
existential boner by Mahalia Taje Giotto
existential boner by Mahalia Taje Giotto

existential boner by Mahalia Taje Giotto

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existential boner is a book about obsessions. Obsessions related to the body, gender identity, sexuality and desires. Mahalia Giotto, aka Taje, was born in 1992, and was assigned female at birth.

Going through several phases of physical transformation - from writing on their skin as a child, to tattoos when they came of age, to eating disorders as an adolescent - they began their transition in 2020. This identity journey lies at the heart of their work, which expresses the incessant thoughts that drive them through a play of superimpositions.

Daily observations of the changes they undergo are transcribed in abstract and concrete images and texts. An articulated chaos that reflects the way Taje experiences their transition, with a sculptural approach to the book as a reflection of the bodily changes. The artist explores their desires and fluid identity, while giving visibility to the trans community from which they come.

 

Graduated from the MA in Photography at ECAL in June 2022, Mahalia Giotto aka Taje (they/them, 1992) is a visual artist based in Lausanne. After studying International Relations, they turned to photography in 2017. Drawn to androgyny from a very young age, they came out as trans and chose to identify as non-binary in their late twenties. Their work revolves mostly around gender, sexualities and desires, challenging the binary norms of our patriarchal system.