When self-portraits become metamorphosis – a new blogpost by Photoconsortium on Europeana

When self-portraits become metamorphosis – a new blogpost by Photoconsortium on Europeana

“Daphne metamorfoos X” by Luts Karin – Tartu Art Museum, Estonia


On the occasion of Women’s History Month, Photoconsortium has published a new blogpost on Europeana that gives a look at women transforming themselves in self-portraits to fight for gender rights during the ’70s and the ’80s.

Self-portraits are, in the modern era, a way for women to assert control over the perception others have of them, especially in a society where the representation of women is often mediated by the male gaze in art, cinema, and media.

The ancient Roman poet Ovid’s “Metamorphoses” depicted women turning into elements of the natural world: plants, rocks, animals. By the ’70s and ’80s, self-portraits became tools that allowed women to redefine themselves through transformation: they changed their appearance through self-representation as a reflection of significant societal change. They played with the metamorphosis that society had historically imposed on them: turning women into objects of male desire and stereotype.

Read about Carolee Schneemann, Libera Mazzoleni and other women transforming themselves in self-portraits on our new blogpost: When self-portraits become metamorphosis

This effort and blog are part of the project on a common European data space for cultural heritage, for supporting reuse of digital resources and capacity building in the area of digital transformation of the education and cultural sector.

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