Reflections is an intimate exploration of my journey through life, a merging of the autobiographical and the universal. A metaphorical series without a specific narrative.
For this body of work I use my body as a way to re-claim it for myself. I grew up in a deeply patriarchal and machista country where women’s body is a battleground. Working with my own body is a symbolic act of reparation and liberation by being in both sides of the camera as the photographer and the subject.
These self portraits in a mirror gave me the freedom to act out my different selves. Each image from Reflections evokes varying levels of meaning, representing an emotional space in time, a moment of contemplation or introspection, indecision or strength, desperation and freedom.
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