Ilona Szwarc Captures Rodeo Girls
Previously featured on iGNANT with her series ‘American Girls‘, Ilona Szwarc comes back with a new project that, again, asks questions about femininity and traditional gender roles in the society.
An ongoing portrait project, ‘Rodeo Girls‘ shows young girls from Texas who compete in rodeos. With fundamentally different ideas about their femininity and a contrasting attitude toward gender roles, Szwarc’s subjects engage in the activity traditionally reserved for men. Warsaw-born, LA-based photographer creates poetic portraits deeply rooted in the tradition of American documentary, while undermining stereotypes and beliefs American society holds for women. That said, Szwarc is also fascinated by the girls’ great physical strength and their dominance over animals. “I am interested in the limitation these girls face in expressing their femininity and the transference of it onto animals,” says the photographer.