Within this series of incredibly varied self-portraits entitled “FEM!NIST”, Catrine Val constructs new identities across antiquated, surreal or plain strange contexts. For more insight into her process, read this interview (in German).
“Fashion and how it is presented in the media are dominant features of our everyday lives. They change the way we see youth and age, beauty and character, the self and femininity. As a result, the discrepancy is growing between reality and its illusion-laden construct. Superficially, Catrine Val explores in “FEM!NIST” the surface of appearances. In a variety of different stagings, she shows scenes from the life of a hybrid woman, mother and artist, drifting abruptly from one identity type to the next. The clothing, which varies with the setting, wigs and other props, was often borrowed from the artist’s children, and the picture titles systematically follow codes made up of garment size and the date the photo was taken. Who among us doesn’t struggle with his or her size as barometer of a successful lifestyle and the promise of happiness?”