Eva Stenram, Drapes, (2011-2012)

Eva Stenram brings together analogical archival material and digital manipulation, creating scenarios where the uncanny takes centre stage. Stenram often uses found images, such as the negatives of pin-up shoots and thumbed centrefolds taken from old magazines, as her source of inspiration and working material.  These are scanned and imported to digital files that the artist manipulates, reinterpreting at each time the image anew. In the Drape series (2011-2012), the background − the drapes that give the show its title – and foreground are exchanged. Once the backdrop falls in front of the model (negating access to the subject and only showing glimpses of her objectified body), the viewer becomes fully aware of their voyeuristic desire and erotic impulses. 

I think we need to differentiate when writers make voyeristic/exploitive tragic stories about discrimination they don’t face or have their fantasy/fictional worlds full of real world prejudice cause “that’s how life is” and it not really touched on it beyond that, vs people who are writing about their own experiences and using fiction to explore and talk about it.

The exposure thing I’m talking about is basically the scene that’s super common where a trans woman takes off her clothes and reveals her body and it’s supposed to be this huge THAT’S A PENIS surprise and like, I feel like even that movie is sort of showing a little bit of that

The guy already knows she’s trans (I remember from the trailer they like grew up together or something) so it’s not that sort of reveal but it sort of approximates it?

Because she’s showing her body as a sort of “are you really sure you actually like me”, it’s still the trans reveal thing and I dunno there’s a really bad history to this sort of shit so I really don’t like seeing anything that even approximates it.

Not to mention the sort of voyeristic aspects of it, how objectifying it is for a trans woman character to put her body on display for approval essentially, esp of a man. 

It makes me troubled. Disquieted. Iffy.

Not really related to the topic discussed, but relating to this post:

I feel like I’ve found a way to describe why I don’t like seeing pictures of women who are scantily clad or completely naked, whether it’s for a fashion shoot or for artistic purposes:

(About Mad Max: Fury Road) “Similarly, George Miller made a point of using telling his videographers to use camera angels that focused on the action of the scene, instead of voyeristically zooming in the female castmember’s breasts/asses/legs  – because he understood that when the camera ogles the female characters in an objectifying manner, the audience, who views the movie through the camera’s lens, is forced to ogle and objectify. George understood that sexist camera work creates a sexist perspective, and a sexist perspective tells a sexist narrative.”

It’s just that, due to the society I grew up in, all the scantily clad women I’d see on magazines always looked objectified, and that makes me extremely uncomfortable.

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