On March 16, 2014, in a three-hour conversation, Paola Paredes told her parents “I’m gay.” Parades documented the event in the experimental photography project Unveiled. At 28, the possibility of rejection by her conservative Catholic, Ecuadorian parents, was one of many potential risks. To document natural reactions, she needed to desensitize them to the cameras. Parades photographed them doing every day tasks - cooking, brushing their teeth, shaving, smoking, and watching soap operas. The preparation for the project, surprisingly, plays an integral role in the actual project: coming out to her family at a dinner table, with three cameras, each shooting every five seconds. The finished product provides the viewer a series of images, each telling a different story of the family they portray, the way those members interact, and ultimately, a photographer Unveiled.
This exhibition runs from November 4th through December 18th, 2016.