Photographs, 2017 - ongoing
Digital print 100x150 cm
The project “Genderbashing” portraits people who position themselves as women, lesbians, trans*, inter* or agender and who are training martial
arts or self-defense. Media representations (re)produce images which show those persons as being helplessly subjected to physical and verbal violence.
The portraits of the series “Genderbashing” contrast with those images. Each person is portrayed in two pictures: A martial arts/self-defense portrait
and a portrait in everyday life. The martial arts portraits show the persons in their sports outfit in an aesthetically stylized manner. Those
portraits are taken in a studio with black background and hard lighting. This way of portraying picks up on an aesthetics that is usually
reserved for cis-male people (people who were assigned male by birth and who identify as men). This reclaiming process enables a shift in
perception. It can be used in a productive way to draw an image that questions stereotypes of gender.
These portraits contrast with the portraits of everyday life. Those portraits are taken at a place that the portrayed persons choose themselves. This
comparison encourages us to question the images we make of people in everyday life.
There is also a small interview part in which the portrayed people share something about themselves in order to frame the portraits.
FÖRDERPREIS JUNGE KUNST 2019
20:00 Opening of the exhibition
Exhibition of the series "Genderbashing"
Group show at
, Eichborndamm 215, Berlin
Exhibition from 23.08.2019 - 17.01.2020