Manon Ouimet

2019, University of West of England
"ALTERED is a body of photographic work that aims to encourage inclusion by displaying the honesty of physical alterations. It focuses on individuals who have unwillingly embarked on life-changing body alterations due to illness, war, accidents and violence. The intention is to illuminate people who often feel marginalised and contribute to conversations about equality and diversity. By combining a classical fashion aesthetic with a humanist focus, the work asks the viewer to explore themselves through the prism of others and to challenge or confirm their belief system regarding body image and its representation. 
 
The process of making these works also aims to encourage the sitters to increase their confidence and reclaim their identity, employing the practice of the ‘therapeutic gaze’ whereby the artistic process can take its participants on an emotional journey of self-discovery. “The body and its form are mostly seen as a disfiguration once you lose a part of your body… but this process really has helped me to embrace who I am. Another turning point on my road of self-discovery.” - Tim, sitter from Altered. For many years I worked as a fashion and beauty photographer. I became frustrated with taking conventional pictures that were narrow in their mission and accomplishment. Altered was born from wanting to learn people’s stories and champion the beauty of each individual."
Portrait of Andrew
Photography, 2019
50 x 70 cm
Portrait of Dan
Photography, 2019
50 x 70 cm
Portrait of Kizzy
Photography, 2019
50 x 70 cm

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