Image: Carlota Guerrero
Barcelona-based photographer and art director, Carlota Guerrero, is challenging the role and appearance of women in Art.
Recently collaborating with Nike Women, Solange Knowles and Rupi Kaur, Guerrero’s work is known for its evocative aesthetic. Taking her queue from the Classics, Guerrero uses popularised compositions of females found in monumental artwork such as ‘Dance’ by Matisse and ‘The Birth of Venus’ by Botticelli. However, Guerrero propels these infamous depictions of women into todays understanding of Art and women.
The progressive perspective of Guerrero challenges what has been known of women’s role in Art as both subject and creator. As a result, her direction and photography present poetic images of women in power. In an It’s Nice That article, Guerrero elaborated on her thinking behind her work: “The photos were trying to express the idea that we, women on the internet, are owning our bodies, using them as canvas to express things, not because men want it to but because we have things to say, and they don’t have to be related to sex”.
In todays political climate whereby the representation of women is constantly under question, Guerrero has taken the step forward to develop it. Thoughtfully, she masters the production of work that is at once culturally relevant and historically informed. Moreover, she uses video to explore the identity of women today in reflection to past principles as seen in her ‘Tao Kardashian’ piece. It is fascinating to witness a female’s interpretation of what it may mean to be feminine, empowered, or maternal. Interestingly, these adjectives typically bring to mind three different women as though one woman can not exist as all three (or more for that matter). Can one woman be powerful as well as feminine? Can a woman be the subject of art as well as the creator?
Thankfully, Guerrero has proven that the multifaceted identity of women is something that not only exists but needs to be represented in Art. Her striking compositions of women of different ethnicities, sizes and backgrounds held together in one image gives us a poignant display of the past absence of a faithful depiction of women in Art, until now.