ASX.TV: Paula Muhr – “Bielefelder Fotosymposium 2011 – Self-representation and Social Conditioning”

My work employs predominantly the medium of photography as a means of exploring socio-cultural mechanisms and strategies of constructing sexuality, gender, desire and normality. → I am especially interested in the historical and present mediation of photography and other lens-based media in the construction of knowledge and in the creation of social norms of acceptable and desirable appearance and behaviour. → The concept of identity is a recurring theme in my work: How is identity constructed? What social mechanisms are effective in this process? What is the role of visual media such as photography? How influential are social norms in establishing the power of images on the individual? What are taxonomic strategies and ideological underpinnings of representational systems of e.g. literature, art, commercials, science, and medicine?
→ I use research methods and I install staged photography with found materials, texts, speech and sounds. Concerning found footage, I aim to create a semantic shift and to destabilise the authority of the original contexts of the material.

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