Visitors of the DNDR Spring Salon 2014 chose Sara Moralo as their favourite artist, so as promised we have interviewed her… Congratulations Sara !
When did you start working with photography and why?
I started working with photography and video when I was a teenager. My father has always been passionate about photography, and I started borrowing his camera. Later at university, I acquired a more professional knowledge of it.
I’ve always had an interest in visual culture, especially in photography and video, and how images represent and shape our perceptions of things within our society.
Is your artwork related to any specific subject area?
Informed by queer and feminist theory, my work explores the performativity and fluidity of gender and deals with issues concerning sexuality and identity. I examine the concepts of masculinity and femininity as social constructions; and try to offer new possibilities of gender construction and the shaping of identities.
Is this photograph part of a new photographic project? / Are you currently working on a particular project?
Yes, I am starting a new project about the politics of the female body. Female nakedness has been dominantly represented in passive, languid and over sexualised positions. I am interested in subversive representations of the female body as active, strong and empowered; representations that politically challenge normative and socially expected gender performances.
I considered it key to start this project with a self-representation –the photograph at the exhibition– for two main reasons: Firstly, I wanted to claim my political right to represent my body the way I want. I also wanted to break with any kind of power relation that can be created between me as photographer and my other subjects, by exposing myself in front of the camera before I ask them to do the same.
What was your last project, is it related to the current project?
My last project, still ongoing, is At twelve s/he cut hir hair, in which I explore gender identities as processes of construction. Through the parallel use of childhood and current images of several female to male transgender subjects, this work aims to create a narrative that opens up wider understandings of gender beyond the binary concept of male and female.
It is related to the new project in the sense that it also deals with issues related to gender, sexuality and the politics of the body, but the approach is different.
Any future plans?
I would like to soon start a video project that plays with the idea of what is considered pornographic and not in society, as well as the limits between pornography and art. Also I want to finish the two projects I’m working on at the moment. So we’ll see what the future brings.
To see more of Sara Moralo’s work click here