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Kòktèl (cocktail in Haitian Creole) is about exploring the diversity of masculinity.


When you think of a cocktail it brings the idea of color, flavor and the experience of different elements blended together for a tasteful experience.

I wanted to visually express that with colors and movement. The thread bending, crossing and extending around and over his body sometimes express the turmoil in which different men find themselves, other times it represents the way men spin the web of their individuality.

Who am I to speak on behalf of a gender that I do not identify as?

Therefore, I let those who do speak.

"don’t deny them of freedom because they are different than you."

"Who am I to speak on behalf of a gender that I do not identify as? Therefore, I let those who do speak.

Don’t deny them of freedom because they are different than you."


Being a Man Being a son Being a father Being a figure

Being a provider Being a security

Being masculine Being strong Being fearless Being calm Being serious Being emotionless

Pressured Insensitive Careless Proud Frustrated Angry

Not being yourself,

Not being anymore but only being what they told you to be, When all you want is to be yourself

Be spontaneous Be funny Be superficial Be deep Be sexy Be open Be caring

Be feminine Be sensitive Be emotional Be artistic Be different Be free

Be love(d)

Be you

Be a Man.

Henri-Abraham, 27 - Be A Man Poem


My name is Zarita Zevallos, I'm a Haitian photographer based in New york. I was raised in Haiti for 16 years before moving to Puerto Rico, then New York to study Architecture. I learned photography from my father. The purpose of my work usually reflects my growth or where I am intellectually and emotionally. I take pictures of people with the idea of expressing what is going on in a specific community or society in general. art extracts from our humanity to make us open our arms to it; it's the essence and the remedy. My vision is the result of my experience.

#masculinity #hypermasculinity #Zariazevallos #photography #haiti #nyc

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