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BFA Photography

Jessica Ekström

I Went to the Ladies and it was Occupied


With a confrontational but humorous approach to photography Jessica Ekström explores the difference between being an observer and the observed one. “I Went to the Ladies and it was Occupied” reflects female objectification through a series of self-portraits and an urinal in mirror height. After opening hours, the artist has visited several strip clubs where she performs a role questioning and playing with the position of power and gaze. The work visualizes an attempt to maneuver control in a male-dominated existence with her own body as a tool.