[imagebrowser id=106] Tamara W. is a documentary portrait by photographer Marko Vuorinen about a girl, Tamara Williams, age 22, from the Bronx who has too much life experience. The installation featuring photos and audio will be exhibited at Tila Gallery in Helsinki, Finland, March 30 – April 22, 2012.
BRUISED BY VIOLENCE, HOMELESSNESS, SEXUAL AB– USE
Tamara’s first childhood memory was of her father shooting at his girlfriend. Tamara was 4 years old at the time. Ever since, a lot has happened in her life. She’s been e.g. sexually abused and has spent a year homeless in the streets.
Tamara’s biggest hurdle to overcome has been that since early childhood she’s had a feeling of being in the body of a wrong gender. Tamara is a heterosexual girl born into a body of a boy. She started gender transitioning when she was a 17-year-old.
The installation is a humane story of a young person badly and unjustifiably beaten by life. The exhibition contains large-scale photos of Tamara and an audio track with her self-told life story. The 10 min track plays non-stop.
Tamara tells her story openly and in detail. The hardships have not been able to discourage her. She lets out the pressures of every day by vogue dancing. She dances for the famous voguing collective House of Latex, and has worked as a background dancer for a American rapper Azealie Banks (Cool List #1, NME Magazine, 2011).
Marko Vuorinen is a 37-year-old documentary photographer and installation artist. He works between New York City and his home town Helsinki, Finland. Marko’s aim with everything he does artistically is to demystify and humanize life.
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“They think, like, we’re bad people. Like I should only come out in the night time.”
Tamara W. by Marko Vuorinen
Kalevankatu 40, 00180 Helsinki, Finland
30 March – 22 April 2012