Marfa Vasilieva

Women

This work questions and examines the concept of “femininity” and its thriving effect on female physicality and bodily acceptance in the countries of the post-soviet union. It is about the media, that are still promoting the image of 90-60-90, and decreasing the age of anorexia diseased. The red thread of the project is the idea of Support. 

The viewer follows all stages of women’s life: girlhood and adulthood. 63 women together in one space, they all see each other for the first time, they all have different ages, different body types, they are naked and as free and open to each other as possible. 

While working on this concept I was influenced by the form of Japanese dance – Butoh. It is also about challenges, waiting for a woman in the patriarchal society. And It is about a journey to embracing and loving your body. This project includes feminism in the context of Japanese and Ukrainian history, but this work has a more fundamental question: What is support?

More than 90 women were asked two questions before shooting:

1. Why is this project important to you?

2. What does the expression “Woman to Woman“ means to you (please write one word)?

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