Approved: 29.07.2013

Hanne Tøraasen

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Approved: 29.07.2013

My work is a comment on how the critical opinion and perception of others can damage an already damaged mind, and therefore making it impossible to view yourself in a positive perspective. It has a melancholy and sadness to it, which is a reference to the emotional damage individuals can imprint on one another.
My photographs contain transgressed imagery attained by putting my body in front of the

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  • Location: Jordet
  • Artforms: Photography
  • Tags: digital photography
 

Artist Statement

My work is a comment on how the critical opinion and perception of others can damage an already damaged mind, and therefore making it impossible to view yourself in a positive perspective. It has a melancholy and sadness to it, which is a reference to the emotional damage individuals can imprint on one another. My photographs contain transgressed imagery attained by putting my body in front of the lens. This action alone breaks with norms and traditions that through decades have become validated evidence of discrimination and disrespect. Our body, the most natural object we possess, should be covered up and hidden. As a reaction to this, I have no intention of making my photographic work “pretty”. Hiding the body is specifically imprinted on obese females. As individuals, they are often disregarded and objectified as obscurities of todays' society. Many mainly ignore this subject, as it has a tendency to make people uncomfortable. My goal as a photographer is to show the elegance and originality that exist in every obese female body. My work will display the reality of the obese body and through this action I will impact an audience to rethink their emotions and opinions regarding this very sensitive subject. My inspiration comes from my own life, reaching from childhood up till my every day. Issues such as acceptance, relationships and discrimination are something I have experienced personally and are very sensitive to. This is what drives me to go further into those subjects, using myself as a main object and example. Although I do work within the field of obesity, I do not support either side in the on-going argument in the media. I care neither for the obese or the anorexic, I simply wish to portray the originality of a rarely shown shape and size.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2013 - BA (Hons) Photography in the Arts, Swansea Metropolitan University, Swansea, Wales Group exhibitions 2013 - Free Range Photography Exhibition, Old Truman Brewery, London, England Degree shows 2013 - Third Year Photography Degree Show, Swansea Metropolitan University, Swansea, Wales