From the interview with Rafael Soldi at Gray magazine:

[Gray]: In your series CARGAMONTÓN, you address your queer and Latinx identity and revisit your Peruvian childhood. What were some of the most important messages you wanted to get across to the viewer?

[Soldi]: CARGAMONTÓN is a body of work that revisits the playground politics of my youth, it puts a critical lens on the relationship between intimacy and violence in homosocial behavior.

As a queer youth who experienced this [Cargamontón] hazing, I found the practice to be confusing, frightening, and exhilarating. Humiliated under the physical and emotional weight of my classmates, I began to understand intimacy and violence as a codependent truth. I disliked being targeted but felt it may be my only opportunity for intimacy with other men.

In CARGAMONTÓN, I compiled an archive of found footage of violent and oppressive rites performed by school boys. Using a series of filters and screens, I degrade images captured from video using a still camera. The result is a series of images akin to obscure memories that depict bodies vacillating between torture and pleasure.

Read the entire interview

Browse Rafael Soldi’s work at ClampArt