Birthe Piontek’s Surreal Images Explore Female Representation
- Charmaine Li
In the project ‘Lying Still‘, Vancouver-based fine art photographer Birthe Piontek includes staged surreal photographs and press images from the past to examine changes in female representation. The result is a series of images, which are simultaneously poetic and absurd, that investigate how women have been observed through the lens of a camera in past generations. Originally from Germany, Piontek’s work focuses on portrait photography that explores the degree to which identity can be visualized.
On the idea behind the series, she says in a statement: “Through the blending of created and found imagery, my work points towards collective experience and exposes the desires, urges and fears that exist latently in our subconscious and reveal themselves against the backdrop of the domestic space.”