photography | 2018
While the Internet can seem like a place disconnected from our physical world, much of the activity that occurs there deeply affects how we feel about things outside of it. Modern technology very often makes women dissatisfied with what they see in the mirror. Using different beauty apps, we could smooth out, contour our faces, whiten our teeth, add a few inches in height, make our eyes bigger, select different lips, and use many more of the options. You only need a few simple steps, then you can get a perfect body!
In this series, I try to challenge our trust of digitally constructed imagery in the context of our post-photographic era. The images are inspired by the failures and bugs in popular beauty apps, where unnatural bodies distort. I used photography as a starting point, alongside digital tools to create an expressive project that is inspired by my conflicting attraction and aversion to images of beautiful women. My work is both a critique and celebration of ongoing progress in contemporary technology and culture. I try to describe this phenomenon using my own visual alphabet – very intense, grotesque and surreal. Digitally edited images can serve as aspirational fantasies and occasionally they even can have a positive impact – when they are just effects of joyful entertainment. But is the game in which “your body is a battleground” can be truly enjoyable? The phrase from Barbara Kruger’s iconic work has just as much resonance today as it did a quarter-century ago.
The Body Editor project has been awarded in many international photographic competitions, among others Inaugural Der Greif – Organization for Contemporary Photography and the World Photography Organisation open call and Debut 2018 / Lithuanian Photographers Association. It has been published many times in magazines concerning contemporary photography.