SERENA JARA X CECILIA GENTILI

The Knife Cuts Both Ways









“I would rather be here with you than anywhere else in the world. You, all of you here and everywhere, gave me this award tonight. And I accept it from you and only you. I love all of you. Now please forgive me, good night.”


-Joan Crawford, Mommie Dearest




My work with artist, activist, and advocate Cecilia Gentili creates a non-linear narrative around our photographic relationship spanning the last few years. Drawing inspiration from celluloid glamour and seductiveness, The Knife Cuts Both Ways describes our dynamic as a series self-composed scenes. As a traditional storyteller, Cecilia recounts various chapters of her life in a darkly humorous tone for audiences in NYC. Because Cecilia has acted a trans mother towards me and several of my sisters, I began to imagine scenarios of intimacy and suspense where she embodied my own dramatized projections of her as powerful, emblematic, and goddess-esque. Our artistic collaborations also led me to produce a self-published text, one that combines transcriptions of Cecilia’s traditional storytelling with found photos and my own photography. 


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