“Crouching Body” is an image from my photo series titled “The Female Gaze”.
This body of work is a redefinition of the “female gaze”, a term coined in the 70s by feminist film theorist Laura Mulvey in constituence with the idea of the “male gaze”; i.e. women view themselves and other women from the perspective of men. My work explores ideas of feminine performativity, self-love, and self-expression as a political statement in a patriarchal society. This piece in particular reflects the contemporary ideals of self portraiture as empowerment, where performative images of women are considered enactments of femininity by autonomous beings rather than objects for men’s viewing pleasure.
16 x 24”