Catrine Val
The female wisdom

THE CHANGING ROOM

Film
Photo

This project explores the image of migrant women in the context of modern British society where they are trying to fulfil social requirements while complying to cultural and religious dogmas.
Fascinated in which many women’s fashion choices are dictated by the expectations or practicalities of their working environments. A woman’s professional wardrobe is often radically different from the clothes she might wear in her private life. The portraits focus on the importance clothing plays in personal and cultural identity and on the “double lives” lived by women, who may not always feel that they can dress as they want.Based on the question ‘who are you, and who you want to be? “

 

For years, my primary intention is to present the role of women within diverse cultural and political systems. A central theme is of the battle between authenticity and codes of Social convention. My photographic works are informed by a fascination for philosophy an examination of social codes negotiated by women but formulated by men. I celebrate the powerful presence of independent women thinkers, throughout the ages, from all parts of the world and offer a critical reimagining and recasting of canonical female positions within the world of ideas.
I seek a new visual grammar and vocabulary to counter the invisibility of women in historical narratives . Photography offers me and my female subjects the opportunity to reimagine ourselves in this unstable world, and to build confidence in our identities and place within it. As an artist, I believe life’s most poignant moments come from the ability to fuse fantasy with reality.