I challenge you to love me
The street scene in Brazil may give a tolerant, liberal impression, but the figures show a different picture! Over the past four years, violence against gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transsexuals has tripled in Brazil. That is why the Dutch Embassy in Brazil asked Diana Blok to record the LGBT community, as she did earlier with her series See Through Us in Turkey. Diana meetings with gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals, result in personal revelations about the search for a sexual identity in a conservative society.
Diana Blok was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. As a daughter of a Dutch diplomat and an Argentinian mother, she grew up in Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico. After studying sociology in Mexico City, she settled in the Netherlands in 1974, where she specialized in photography. Over the years, Blok has frequently exhibited in the Netherlands, North and South America and Japan. She now also makes films and video installations, collaborates with various artists and regularly gives master classes at various art academies in the Netherlands and abroad.