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Over 100.000 caesarean births are performed each year in Spain. Approximately half of them are unnecessary. For this series, created in collaboration with the Association "El Parto es Nuestro" (http://www.elpartoesnuestro.es) I photographed over twenty women that had cesarean sections. Some of them did not dare to look or show their scars before becoming part of this project.
I realized that under each scar there was always a story to be told. This series and a few selected testimonies have just been compiled in a new book called "CESÁREA, más allá de la herida" published by Ob Stare (http://www.obstare.com) ISBN 978-84-937526-3-7.

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Over 100.000 caesarean births are performed each year in Spain. Approximately half of them are unnecessary. For this series, created in collaboration with the Association "El Parto es Nuestro" (http://www.elpartoesnuestro.es) I photographed over twenty women that had cesarean sections. Some of them did not dare to look or show their scars before becoming part of this project.
I realized that under each scar there was always a story to be told. This series and a few selected testimonies have just been compiled in a new book called "CESÁREA, más allá de la herida" published by Ob Stare (http://www.obstare.com) ISBN 978-84-937526-3-7.

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“TALLAS” is an installation of a ficticious store where fifty body suits made of women of different ages, races and sizes are on display. It is common to see advertising where women are objectify, they are presented as objects to acquire or as accessories that give status.
This exhibition comes from the need to give a sincere representation which confronts the massive amount of advertising that exposes us to millons of images of the same woman, the “perfect one”. “TALLAS” surges from unretouched photographs that allow us to see wrinkles, scars, hair, beautiful “imperfections” of the bodies that grow, love, suffer, live.
¨TALLAS" invites us to put on someone else´s skin, to question what stops us from showing ourselves as we really are, and shows the irony of that everthing, specially our own nature, becomes part of what is for sale in the market.
“TALLAS” incites a reflexion about how society treats the female body. Examines the result of the objectification. Allows the visibility of marks that are still taboo in the standar view of beauty. Through this work I question the value of life in relation to arbitrary attributes such as our place of origin and our appearances.

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“TALLAS” is an installation of a ficticious store where fifty body suits made of women of different ages, races and sizes are on display. It is common to see advertising where women are objectify, they are presented as objects to acquire or as accessories that give status.
This exhibition comes from the need to give a sincere representation which confronts the massive amount of advertising that exposes us to millons of images of the same woman, the “perfect one”. “TALLAS” surges from unretouched photographs that allow us to see wrinkles, scars, hair, beautiful “imperfections” of the bodies that grow, love, suffer, live.
¨TALLAS" invites us to put on someone else´s skin, to question what stops us from showing ourselves as we really are, and shows the irony of that everthing, specially our own nature, becomes part of what is for sale in the market.
“TALLAS” incites a reflexion about how society treats the female body. Examines the result of the objectification. Allows the visibility of marks that are still taboo in the standar view of beauty. Through this work I question the value of life in relation to arbitrary attributes such as our place of origin and our appearances.

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“TALLAS” is an installation of a ficticious store where fifty body suits made of women of different ages, races and sizes are on display. It is common to see advertising where women are objectify, they are presented as objects to acquire or as accessories that give status.
This exhibition comes from the need to give a sincere representation which confronts the massive amount of advertising that exposes us to millons of images of the same woman, the “perfect one”. “TALLAS” surges from unretouched photographs that allow us to see wrinkles, scars, hair, beautiful “imperfections” of the bodies that grow, love, suffer, live.
¨TALLAS" invites us to put on someone else´s skin, to question what stops us from showing ourselves as we really are, and shows the irony of that everthing, specially our own nature, becomes part of what is for sale in the market.
“TALLAS” incites a reflexion about how society treats the female body. Examines the result of the objectification. Allows the visibility of marks that are still taboo in the standar view of beauty. Through this work I question the value of life in relation to arbitrary attributes such as our place of origin and our appearances.

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“TALLAS” is an installation of a ficticious store where fifty body suits made of women of different ages, races and sizes are on display. It is common to see advertising where women are objectify, they are presented as objects to acquire or as accessories that give status.
This exhibition comes from the need to give a sincere representation which confronts the massive amount of advertising that exposes us to millons of images of the same woman, the “perfect one”. “TALLAS” surges from unretouched photographs that allow us to see wrinkles, scars, hair, beautiful “imperfections” of the bodies that grow, love, suffer, live.
¨TALLAS" invites us to put on someone else´s skin, to question what stops us from showing ourselves as we really are, and shows the irony of that everthing, specially our own nature, becomes part of what is for sale in the market.
“TALLAS” incites a reflexion about how society treats the female body. Examines the result of the objectification. Allows the visibility of marks that are still taboo in the standar view of beauty. Through this work I question the value of life in relation to arbitrary attributes such as our place of origin and our appearances.

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“TALLAS” is an installation of a ficticious store where fifty body suits made of women of different ages, races and sizes are on display. It is common to see advertising where women are objectify, they are presented as objects to acquire or as accessories that give status.
This exhibition comes from the need to give a sincere representation which confronts the massive amount of advertising that exposes us to millons of images of the same woman, the “perfect one”. “TALLAS” surges from unretouched photographs that allow us to see wrinkles, scars, hair, beautiful “imperfections” of the bodies that grow, love, suffer, live.
¨TALLAS" invites us to put on someone else´s skin, to question what stops us from showing ourselves as we really are, and shows the irony of that everthing, specially our own nature, becomes part of what is for sale in the market.
“TALLAS” incites a reflexion about how society treats the female body. Examines the result of the objectification. Allows the visibility of marks that are still taboo in the standar view of beauty. Through this work I question the value of life in relation to arbitrary attributes such as our place of origin and our appearances.

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“TALLAS” is an installation of a ficticious store where fifty body suits made of women of different ages, races and sizes are on display. It is common to see advertising where women are objectify, they are presented as objects to acquire or as accessories that give status.
This exhibition comes from the need to give a sincere representation which confronts the massive amount of advertising that exposes us to millons of images of the same woman, the “perfect one”. “TALLAS” surges from unretouched photographs that allow us to see wrinkles, scars, hair, beautiful “imperfections” of the bodies that grow, love, suffer, live.
¨TALLAS" invites us to put on someone else´s skin, to question what stops us from showing ourselves as we really are, and shows the irony of that everthing, specially our own nature, becomes part of what is for sale in the market.
“TALLAS” incites a reflexion about how society treats the female body. Examines the result of the objectification. Allows the visibility of marks that are still taboo in the standar view of beauty. Through this work I question the value of life in relation to arbitrary attributes such as our place of origin and our appearances.

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Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada transforms common people into icons by rendering them in charcoal as urban murals. He delves not only in the identity of the neighborhood where he realizes his work but also in his own identity. By questioning the controls imposed on public space,
the role models that represents us in the public space and the type of events that are guarded by the collective memory he brakes preconceptions of where art is permitted, when art is needed and to whom it is directed.
Documentary created by Ana Alvarez-Errecalde and FILMCHICK PRODUCTIONS.

To see more of Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada´s artwork or to get in touch with him: www.artjammer.com

To see more of Ana Alvarez-Errecalde´s artowrk:
www.hangar.org/gallery/album484

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From the first moments of my pregnancy, I dreamed of photographing myself united to my baby by the umbilical cord. This came forth in my attempt to give some balance to all the maternities in films, advertising and art history. These maternities re-enforce the stereotypes that impart from heterosexual masculine fantasies, in which exist the duality of the mother/whore, making sacred all that has to do with the “mother” (maternity with veil included).

The image of the woman that is re-enforced is not of the protagonist or hero but as someone with an illness, out of control, someone who needs assistance. Once again the woman is seen as an object, and objects do not bleed.

With these photos I wanted to show a maternity from my experience in which to give birth I open, I transform, I bleed, I scream and I smile. I smile because the pain gets me closer to my daughter, I smile because I am the protagonist, I smile because I am a hero.

Refuting the idea of fragility that is culturally learned, I wanted to show myself in control of my experience. I am standing, with the placenta still inside me. With my baby connected to me by the umbilical cord, and I do as I wish, I decide went to stop, take the photo and show myself. On a more historical level I am interested in lifting the veil. Show a maternity that is less virginal. A maternity seen from the archetypical primal woman, the woman beast that has NOTHING prohibited. Show a maternity not seen through the eyes of Eve (the divine punishment ”you will give birth with the pain of your body”) but seen through the eyes of Lucy (the first humanoid).