Roberto Baldazzini’s illustrations take us to a world where sexuality is everywhere, gender is fluid, and nothing seems heavy or consequential. Baldazzini’s fantasies are full of characters who are intersex/bigender and who exist for no other reason than sexual desire. There is the sense that by embodying both genders within one individual the viewer can both fantasize and empathize with the images. This is not gender politics in any real-world sense, there is no struggle, no context, and no consequences of a society that is structured around a clear delineation of two separate (and unequal) genders but that has always been the foundation of fantasy.
Baldazzini’s Casa Howhard series occupies a space where sexuality is at once everything and nothing. There is no activity or event that is not sexual, no conversation that does not end in sex, and absolutely no apologies. Baldazzini’s bigender characters feel as though they are trying to embody the heterosexual sexual desire to co-mingle with your partner. Though binary genders do occasionally appear they somehow seem incomplete and out of place in context. It’s as if Baldazzini has unintentionally made us feel sexually incomplete with only a single set of gender expression.
The greatest difficulty encountered by one who wants to change the way things are consists in believing that change is really possible. Roberto Baldazzini
All artwork © Roberto Baldazzini.