PELONA

video, 2’, 2017

In this video project I decided to direct my vision on myself and explore my own femininity/masculinity performed through a series of black and white moving portraits. For a long time I have been inspired by the works of female surrealist photographers, specifically by Claude Cahun (1894-1954). Throughout her artistic career Cahun created numerous self-portraits playing with the representation and reconstruction of her own gender. I wanted to recreate a situation in which I could play with the two sides of my identity. Focusing on hair, which traditionally signifies and embodies femininity, as a transformation tool, I tried to reconstruct my femininity and to build my masculine self. I borrowed the title from Frida Kahlo’s self-portrait with cropped hair (1940). As it is known, Kahlo cut her long hair soon after divorce with her husband. She claimed that her partner did not love her as she became hairless (pélona). In this piece I raise the same question: Will I still be loved after being transformed?