About a Different Identity

  • Margarita Alonso


When the Belgian surrealist artist Magritte (1898–1967) created his work ‘La Trahison des images (Ceci n’est pas une pipe)’,1 he questioned the artistic-realist representation of objects. The painted pipe is a reference to something, but it is not the object itself. It is, rather, an idealized, somewhat basic, and incomplete image. The same question arises when a human being creates an image of himself or herself. It is obvious that this image will always be subjective and incomplete in relation to a global reality. It can serve as a practical reference, as a useful basis for ordering concepts. The problem is that we often forget that this concept is stereotyped and partially defined, and we accept it as a sole, objective reference, which implies that everything that does not fit precisely into this definition tends to remain outside with regard to that person’s idea.


Sexual Orientation Gender Identity LGBT Community Incomplete Image Enduring Attraction 
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  • Margarita Alonso
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  1. 1.IE UniversitySpain

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