Helio Leon: The Purple Room

Helio Leon: The Purple Room
International Photography Grant 2019

An exploration of my personal Istanbul underworld in 2012. Alone again in the city of chaos. I only find sense through the camera, to investigate the dream and the nightmare: desire, intimacy, love, abandonment. And I find reflections of my past, my family home, the corridors. My grandmother as a transvestite, my mother and her fear, her solitude, my lover lost in violence. An oppressive ghost dominating the city, the disease between my legs, the certainty of death, excited, possessed by it, the eye, my reflection and their shadows.

The Purple Room © Helio Leon

Helio León, b.1987, Madrid, Spain. He’s documenting his life with photography since his adolescence. In 2011 he got his BFA in the University of Cuenca, Spain. His work has been exhibited in Noorderlicht, Krakow Photomonth (selected by Michael Ackerman), Cork Photo, UK, Italy, Spain and USA. He has published in the Blacklie Vol 1 book, Source Magazine, Teeth, Dienacht, BKN and Vice among other publications. He’s been an intern in Anders Petersen’s Radical Matter workshop in London. He’s part of the Irish based photography and performance project Mersk in which he performs and chants along drone musicians while transforming and distorting his photographs.

Website: helioleon.com

The Purple Room © Helio Leon

The Purple Room © Helio Leon

The Purple Room © Helio Leon

The Purple Room © Helio Leon

The Purple Room © Helio Leon

The Purple Room © Helio Leon

The Purple Room © Helio Leon

The Purple Room © Helio Leon

The Purple Room © Helio Leon

 

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International Photography Grant 2019