Tell Me a Story

by PJ Ortiz Luis

The online portfolio of Pacifico "PJ" Ortiz Luis, a storyteller utilizing different mediums of art including film photography, dance, and performance poetry.

Artist Statement:


Previous Winners:

    -artist statement:  Through photography, sculpture and installation I disassemble codified systems of power that inhibit the connection between individuals and communities. I am drawn towards people and places whose identities are largely self-made. In these I find evidence of a deeply exercised freedom of imagination that is as much a tool for survival as it is an embodiment of the resilience of the creative force. My images act as antithesis to estrangement. Through intimacy we transcend the chasm that disconnects us from one another and our own inner-dialogue, fundamentally reshaping entrenched patterns of power and oppression.

   -project summary:  "Z" is a collection of glass plate portraits exploring gender fluidity with transgender, cisgender, and a spectrum of genderqueer and gender nonconforming individuals. Through this work I deconstruct the rigid, often limiting representation of the nude body in search of a more diverse, fluid identity. The series of nude portraits records intimate interactions developed over the course of a shoot; conversations that consider power dynamics, gender expression, what should be revealed or concealed, participatory consent.