The Salt Mines + The Transformation
DIRECTOR: CARLOS APARICIO & SUSANA AIKIN
THE SALT MINES
1990 / 47 min / DCP
1995 / 58 min / DCP
Released the same year as Paris is Burning, Susana Aiken and Carlos Aparicio’s The Salt Mines focuses on three homeless Lantinx trans women living in a parking lot of old garbage trucks on Manhattan’s West Side. Aiken and Aparicio document the daily life and hardships faced by these women living on the margins of society. With The Transformation, Aiken and Aparicio find one of the most engaging subjects of The Salt Mines living as a man in Texas, forced to transition back by an evangelical missionary that offered her much needed shelter and safety in exchange.