With Her: The Curse of Menarche
‘The Curse of Menarche’ is the first chapter of the series ‘With Her’. This project explores how contemporary visual arts can be used to deconstruct the stigma around the representation of the female body, predominantly through the act of menstruation. Menstruation acts as a catalyst for the start of an honest conversation between the artist and the female participants. These conversations evolved into a photographic form. The portraits of the participants are captured in a dark setting to create a renaissance-like aesthetic, the red fabric incorporated signifies the blood. It is done to challenge the sexualization of the nude female body. The portraits are intended to serve as a source of empowerment, both for the participants and the viewer.
Daria Lazo • Yuhao Wu • Liliana Zaharia •