As a queer person who was assigned male at birth, my references to women and female form predominantly come from mainstream media. The wig ,taken from a retail store mannequin, is representative of the preposterous standards women are held to. Opting to cover my face, this series is able to transcend the restrictive boundaries of gender and relate to the spectator in a multitude of ways. Moreover, the costume and posing is reminiscent of the traditional hyper-sexualised poses women are portrayed within visual media. Stripping back my images to its basic form, subject and background, and focusing on the poses of the subject instead. The result is an emotive series of images that aim to engage the spectator and critically challenge the heteronormative status quo that reinforces the unrealistic standards of western beauty.
Ada Di Palma • Ann Dineen • Jack Winbow •