Vielen Dank is a series of 23 photographs showing me posing in front of the camera while holding and carrying different men. The idea originated from pictures of proud hunters that were posing with their prey.
Of course it is very exhausting to carry grown up men around! Still I wanted to proof that my body, poorly trained for such exercises, totally could handle it. I wanted to look as if I was doing it with ease and pride.
I want to try to create images that show a way out rather than critizise the circumstances. Emotional labour and social pressure upon females is still here because I am feeling it. Bodyshaming and a lot more bodyrelated no-gos, too. Since I am having strong visions about the future and how we could live together, I seek to construct pictures that render these visions.
None of the two in the pictures is wearing more than underwear, wich is intimate and might refer to a sexual content. The intimacy is broken by the staged set up and the posing. Any of the poses is different from another, showing how effortlessly we can adapt.
Exhibition Flyer Elsa Kunst&/Raum Bielefeld, 2019