PORTRAITS D'ÉGALITÉ (portraits of equality) is a series of portraits that was gathered in May 2015 under the roof of Alpagai, a Valaisan association that protects the LGBTQIA + community. The models each testified to their experiences with homophobia, whether direct or indirect.
Technique: Graphite, black ink and charcoal on Canson paper
"When I was asked to lend my face for a drawing to be exhibited as part of the International Day Against Homophobia, I replied that I did not really feel concerned by the issue, that this cause had already been defended enough and that having never actually faced homophobia, it would have been better to leave my place to others more affected, who would have more to say.
It is by following the project, by listening and re-listening to the testimonies of the other models that I realised that in fact, I was wrong. There are few days when I do not have to justify / explain my choice of partner or detail my sexual practices because whoever is asking can not fully understand them.
I often find myself in the typical situation where I am asked if I have a boyfriend, a question to which I simply answer "no" without specifying the fact that I am in a relationship with a woman so as not to have to argue, explain, detail, justify.
In public, I do not display my affection. I proudly say that I am a discreet person, that my private life only concerns me and that I do not like to show such vulnerable parts of my life. But I also know that I do it in order to avoid remarks and weird looks. It is easy for me to say "yes, I feel accepted as a homosexual in my canton" when I voluntarily choose to avoid conflict.
Most people just about tolerate my community. They do not accept it. As long as we make ourselves really small, there is no problem." F.