Paola Paredes is an Ecuadorian photographer engaged in groundbreaking work centered on ‘disclosure’. Her last photo series, titled Until you Change is the result of an artistic recreation of what happens in underground centers that offer the “cure” for homosexuality in various regions of the country.
These services, disguised as religious “clinics” to rehabilitate those with drug or alcohol addictions, have been studied by the feminist anthropologist Annie Wilkinson in her master dissertation and were made illegal in 2012. However, few years later many of these clinics were still operating and the matter was the subject of intense debates in Ecuadorian societies. Based on the testimony of people that have been subject to these conversion therapies Paredes has recreated a photographic narrative to denounces the human rights abuses prevailing in the clinics. Before Until you change Paredes developed another astonishing photo and viedo series, named Unveiled, in which she documents the day when she told her parents that she is a lesbian.
Image from Unveiled