Experimental - NOMINEE: Ewa Doroszenko
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While the Internet can seem like a place disconnected from our physical worlds, much of the activity that occurs there deeply affects how we feel about things outside of it. Modern technology very often makes women dissatisfied with what they see in the mirror. Using different beauty apps, we could smooth out, contour our faces, whiten our teeth, add a few inches in height, make our eyes bigger, select different lips, and use many more of the options. You only need a few simple steps, then you can get a perfect body! See how you would look after cosmetic surgery and increase your beauty! The editor is fantastic, simple and it is only virtual.
In this series, I try to challenge our trust in digitally constructed imagery in the context of our post-photographic era. The images are inspired by the failures and bugs in beauty apps, where unnatural bodies distort. I have used photography as a starting point, alongside digital tools to create contorted images that are inspired by my conflicting attraction and aversion to images of beautiful women. Key in my body of work is the process of experimentation which showcases our obsession with virtual facades. I employ many methods of image making - from taking photographs of the scene to digitally manipulating those photos.
My work is both a critique and celebration of ongoing progress in contemporary technology and culture. I try to comment on our society, the notion of female identity, virtual alter-ego, and self-improvement. Digitally edited images can serve as aspirational fantasies and occasionally they even can have a positive impact – when they are just effects of joyful entertainment. But is the game in which your body is a battleground can be truly enjoyable?
Ewa Doroszenko (b. 1983) is a Warsaw-based artist which creative practice employs a mixture of painting, photography and digital media. She earned a Doctor of Fine Arts degree (Painting Specialization) from the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland. Ewa Doroszenko is a winner of the Competition for the Fait Gallery Brno 2016; Young Lynxes Competition 2018 - Contemporary Lynx; DEBUTS 2018 - doc! photo magazine; Debut 2018 - Lithuanian Photographers Association. She is a beneficiary of many residency programs, including: Klaipeda Culture Communication Center (Lithuania 2017), Atelierhaus Salzamt in Linz (Austria 2016), The Island-resignified in Lefkada (Greece 2015), Kunstnarhuset Messen in Ålvik (Norway 2015), Foundation AAVC Hangar in Barcelona (Spain 2014), Fondazione Del Bianco in Florence (Italy 2006).
Ewa Doroszenko is a participant of many group exhibitions and festivals, such as Transmission Arts Festival Athens, FILE Electronic Language International Festival in Sao Paulo, Interference Festival in Gdansk, ISEA International Symposium on Electronic Art in Vancouver, IN OUT Festival in Gdansk, GENERATE! Festival for Electronic Arts in Tübingen, The Wrong New Digital Art Biennale in Rio de Janeiro, among others. Her photographs have been featured in publications and blogs such as Der Greif, Vice, NEO2, The Forumist, YET magazine, The Calvert Journal, Daily Serving, Metal, Flat Magazine, Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography.