Wannabe

Elisa González Miralles
Madrid
1978

The myth of the doll-like woman represents an idealisation of the female figure that forces women to respond to unreachable moral and aesthetic imperatives. She is a synthetic woman that never sees her anatomy changing; she is a human prototype who has all the virtuosities that may be demanded from a female body, like beauty, youth and sensuality. However, she does not show any of the ‘undesirable’ characteristics that real women have, like eld, pregnancy and menstruation.

In this project, I aim to question how societal standards determine human behaviour and constrain identity development. I am concerned about the fact that people growing into a culture feel the need to follow a predetermined role, and that they do it unconsciously, without wondering whether other pathways exist. My work speaks about doll-like girls, about the objectification of these women to serve societal customs that lead to automata behaviours.

Japanese culture inspires me to think over questions that affect us all, especially considering the obsession that self-projection represents for today’s society.


Elisa discovers photography in 2005 and shortly after she receives a World Press Photo grant to participate in the “Urban Youth” project in Manila (Philippines). She has won Fotopres 07 and Unicaja 08 prizes and exhibited her work in Fotomuseum Winterthur, Art Photo Show (San Diego), Voies off (Arles), Photoireland and Goaphoto (India)

She is co-founder of the MADPHOTO academy (Madrid) where she teaches photography while delevolping her personal projects. Her work speaks about how people relate with each other and their environment, exploring subjects like memory, identity or commodification. Wannabe, was published as a photobook by La Fábrica and exposed at Canal de Isabel II (Madrid) during Photoespaña 2017.


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