As trimming you today to fit you in the vase, I thought the process of trimming looks a lot like being an ideal type of woman. The vase is the standard and frame that a woman needs to fit in. It is regarded as a ‘safe’ place because it is what society wants. However, in order to fit the vase, I need to give up some of my true self; thus, it results as hating, blaming, hurting, and losing myself.
The misogynic incidents happening to women make me more careful than others because I am a woman. Being a woman is amazing, but at the same time, it is sad because it is hard for me to be out of the frame of a ‘woman.’ While society sees a man as a human, a woman is seen as a woman. Do I think in this way because a woman is actually regarded as the weak and protected by the society or is it because a woman ‘thinks’ that she is weak like a persecution maniac? Or even though a woman does not think that she is weak, she is forced to believe in that way since society is structured under the gendered perception? I do not want to be in the gendered structure, but I just want to be ‘me.’ But is the structural part of me as well when I do not wish to accept it? The fallen hair is a metaphor for self-denial. It was part of me before it fell, but when it is detached from my body, it no longer belongs to me, but a fallen hair. I hate seeing fallen hair that was part of me. Since it was part of me, do I have to embrace it?
However, I want to hide this emotion and thoughts by covering with bright colours and making it something to appreciate. Because it is what the society wants from us, suppressing feelings and looking appropriate to the social standard and not being a different member of society. Even though I am tired of fitting in, I still need to look fine. If you(the audience) can feel the sorrow that is coming out of the bright colours, then it is the emotion that I cannot hide.
Whenever I am trapped in the vase, I want to be a woman who can challenge to get out of the vase. I want to be a woman who can express that I do not like being in the vase and photographing different emotions other than happy or bright subjects is what I will do Rather than being defined only as a ‘woman’ but I hope I become a woman who can be described in different ways and who visualise diverse aspects of women, like the colours of the photograph.
Alongside our second print issue, shado has produced a 3-month photography project with 18 photographers around the world where each photographer has responded to the brief I AM A WOMAN.
There is no one way of defining what it personally means to identify as a woman – and we wanted to leave it to a community of photographers to open up these interpretations.
Print Quality: 600 dpi
Each photograph is professionally printed in a London studio. Once ready, prints are shipped flat or in a sturdy cardboard tube and secured on both sides.
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