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NOT CONCEPTUAL. LIFE is a portrait series that I work on on my own initiative to get in the sweet position to meet inspiring people and to get a glimpse into their life through the lense of my camera and also to try out new set ups in my studio.

The series shows persons who move beyond normative social roles, gender roles or even beyond their assigned gender.

For the implementation, I have cited iconographic images that - I think  - have shaped stereotypical notions of gender and gender-specific roles, for example portraits of Marilyon Monroe lying on a bed, barely clothed, or Mark Wahlberg grabbing his crotch, wearing only a pair of underpants.

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The work is based on my own experiences, when my autonomy in defining my role as a woman was curtailed. The portraits are to inspire viewers to find their own answers to their questions on social roles and gender.

I have exhibited the series several times. It has been printed in magazines. I have received an award for it and four images are part of the Art Collection of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection.

I am happy where this journey has taken me so far and I am excited to see what is yet about to happen.

There is an edition of selected black and white portraits.

Per motif: 400x600mm and 800x1200mm, 5 pieces each (each +2 Artist Prints)

Alu dibond behind acrylic glass, Digital Photography.

There is also a postcard editition available.

The sale takes place via Unperfektkaus from my home town of Essen.

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