Shooting Back #86
Archival pigment print on Hahnemühle paper
90 x 67 cm
Hester Scheurwater is famous for her exploration of female sexuality in the media. Primarily expressing herself through performance photography, she criticizes the image the media and society impose on women as sex objects. The society’s sexualization of women is unattainable and unrealistic, and, therefore, harmful. In her “Shooting Back” series, the sexually-charged mirror self-portraits are shocking at first. Not merely in its explicit nature, but also in the play between the model and the artist. In ‘Shooting Back #86’, the boundary between spontaneity and staged production is questioned. Precisely through such an extravagant tone Scheurwater reclaims her sexuality from the media.