IN PRODUCTION: THE FEMININE
The face of the feminine has always been a bit of an obsession for Kobe who grew up in the Catholic Church where the only female representation was that of virgin, mother or whore. Even as a young child, she felt those options did little to represent the richness of the female condition.
Kobe and Suzor decided on “The Feminine” as the current theme for their collaboration after “pussy-gate” was thrust upon us. The incident and aftermath triggered a passionate discussion which resulted in the two artists deciding to commit themselves down a road to explore what it means to be feminine and celebrate what that looks like in our world today.
As it so often is in life, we as people present that who we think we are, who we want to be or who we’re expected to be to the outside world. We as women dye our hair, make our eyelashes longer, paint our faces, wear undergarments that shape our bodies to fit into whatever mold are trying to fit into.
Artists Kobe and Suzor feel that those daily practices are essentially costumes designed to enhance the desired personas. Once we shed those guises, are we not still women underneath it all? What does it mean to be feminine once you’ve taken away all the paint, costumes and personas?
This project is just that. A project. There is no expected outcome for the look or the shape the project will take visually or via written word… It is an exploration that will vary from shoot to shoot, and in the editing, writing and display process.
The current game plan is to shoot each model twice. The first is how each woman feels she looks her best, whatever that means to her. The second part of the shoot is in the nude after having showered and washed away her hair-do and makeup. Although nudity is required of each model, each woman can show the camera what she’s comfortable with. The model must also approve any images for use.