Altered Visions

Lydia Heise


Altered Visions consists of three photographic images that together offer an intimate visual exploration into the performance of, and often violent nature of hyper-femininity. Shot in black and white analogue film, the images bear a certain rough texture that both contrasts with and helps explore their subject matter, reflecting a dark underbelly of teenage girlhood. Mixing hyper-idealised feminine symbols and textures with the starkness of their location, the photographs allude to the kind of violence, vulnerability and shame that is enacted when fantasy, dreams and expectations collide with the harshness of reality. Altered Visionsalso uses the body, whether tangled, static or huddled, to explore the ways in which a certain violence occurs through power imbalances between both voyeur / voyee, and young women versus overbearing, limiting and often unrealistic societal expectations. 


Gender; Art; Creativity; Femininity; Violence

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