Born in Bagé, Brazil, Enantios Dromos crossed the ocean to pursue his dreams. Now living in Berlin, the model, artist and image-maker wants to inspire other creatives – especially those from developing countries. Alongside best friend, frequent collaborator and fellow Dazed 100er Pedro Ferreira, Dromos created Limitrofe Television, an interdisciplinary art project that has seen the duo shoot with everyone from Mykki Blanco to Dazed 100 alum Miss Jason (of Jason’s Closet).
Using a VHS camera to capture his unique perspective on the world around him as the landscape changes, Dromos’s work is imbued by his unique perspective on the world. Currently working with Ferreira on a video piece titled “Border Survivors”, based on true events they encountered at the border in France, they are also producing the third issue of their independent publication Bouquet.
A previous issue of Bouquet was presented in physical form as an art show at the Balice Hertling project space in Paris. Displayed alongside the work of other creatives, the show served as a platform for Enantios and Pedro’s community of trans and gender non-conforming artists “in a union of bodies outside the euro-central axis,” as Dromos says. Parallel to his own practice, Dromos is also focused on paving the way for others in the QTPOC community. “If I do this for myself, I am (showing it’s possible) for the next person” he says.
How do you want to influence the future?
Enantios Dromos: I do not believe that we have time to leave for tomorrow. What we can do is for today. For me, time is here and now. I always want to be disruptive in some way, influencing people to see situations from a perspective contrary to what they are used to. The opportunity for them to get closer and closer to something strange even though they are distant.
How is your work unique to you, or informed by your perspective, experiences, or identity?
Enantios Dromos: I am a trans person. Everything I experience has this starting point and my work is an extension of me. I know that the outside world preaches that when you are part of the margin, you are automatically placed and read as ‘similar’ to everyone else under the umbrella. That’s the issue, our existence and everything we create is already part of an opposite point, of reaffirming how much we are extremely unique just because we support the behavioural repetitions of bodies that are only unique in their way of always expecting more from us when they offer us so little.
“I always want to be disruptive in some way, influencing people to see situations from a perspective contrary to what they are used to” – Enantios Dromos
What creative or philanthropic project would you work on with a grant from the Dazed 100 Ideas Fund?
Enantios Dromos: I want to organise a group show in Brazil for the QTPOC dissident creative community. As my creative partner Pedro Ferreira said: ‘After relocating from Brazil to Europe I could better understand how scarce mine and the whole Brazilian dissident creative scene’s working conditions were, how limited our access and external support was’. Only we know how much crossing the ocean is capable of changing someone’s perspective on life, and now that I have crossed, I want to give this opportunity to people who are still there, as a form of restitution.
We’ve had the stage and the show set up for a long time. We use low-power flashlights, fake speakers, clothes created with leftover fabrics, stolen make-up and microphones that reverberate with a sound that, until then, only we understood. The fund would allow us to have more access to materials and platforms. A group show would give us the opportunity to enhance and televise our own history and be the protagonists of a narrative exclusively by us.