Rojas is a conceptual and multimedia artist who has explored experiences of marginality in Colombia through a variety of mediums, including painting, drawing, video, and photography. These five photographs from Rojas’s pivotal Faenza series document clandestine sexual encounters between gay men at the Faenza Theater, a decaying B-movie cinema built during the 1920s in Bogotá. Furtively exploring this subculture of sexual acts in the shadows of public space, Rojas shot the largely invisible community with a camera hidden in his suitcase or concealed under his jacket. He set the focus of the camera without looking through the viewfinder, using the movie screen as the only source of light. The resulting images are ghostly records of the spaces and experiences through which a community of men and Rojas himself began to understand and express their sexuality.
Gallery label from Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960–1980, September 5, 2015–January 3, 2016.