Tales Frey

Thighlighting (2020)



In 2020, when I revisited a design prepared by me in 2018 during the first quarantine to contain the coronavirus pandemic, there was a rescue of very remote experiences and which, only in 2020, I managed to assimilate (now completely evident) stimuli for my practice artistic. One of the memories – which I now understand as a flagrant influence for me – was my approach to the Corpus Gymnasium, a sports gym that my mother had during the late 80s and early 90s in the interior of São Paulo, where I was presence dance choreographies and rhythmic movements in group classes with female bodies uniformed in almost similar costumes and standardized in their physiognomies to satisfy the demands of a hegemonic pattern.

“Thighlighting” is a kinetic sculpture initially made on rigid paper (still as a sketch) with the aim of being presented in recycled acrylic, through which I expose legs assimilated as female, although they correspond to my own body contours.

The term “thighlighting” refers to an aesthetic process that basically consists of a complete reform of the legs for men and women through surgeries or natural methods.


Tales Frey, Thighlighting, 2020. Kinetic object, approx. 70 x 70 cm



[2020] Individual exhibition Between Tension and DeliriumCAAA Centro para os Assuntos da Arte e Arquitectura, Guimarães, Portugal.

[2020] Individual exhibition Meat Indicators. Galeria Ocupa, Porto, Portugal, 2020.


Tales Frey, Thighlighting, 2018. Drawing/sketch, 21 x 29,7 cm