Le Chevalier d'Eon, 1978

Basel 2018
Galerist
Photography
Polaroid
28.0 x 21.0 (cm)
11.0 x 8.3 (inch)
Le Chevalier d'Eon is an expansive portrait of a man who decided he wanted to live as a woman. Referencing the Chevalier d’Eon, a famous 18th century French diplomat, soldier and spy, of ambiguous gender, Yalter’s friend transforms himself into a woman on screen, putting on jewelry and female clothes; large, teardrop earrings and fishnet stockings. It is a heightened dramatization of gender transition, underscored by an accompanying soundtrack of Baroque music by Domenico Scarlatti.