Malleable Privilege Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival

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Darren Gallery says
In a culture that is lead by visuality, clothing can communicate who we are before we even speak. In this vein, photographer and artist Maya Fuhr is interested in altering perceptions of the fashion industry by highlighting its inherent contradictions and flaws. MALLEABLE PRIVILEGE focuses on how clothing is used to communicate self-image, expression, and identity.

Archiving Fuhr’s personal and professional interaction with consumer culture, this body of work is a series of still lifes and sculptural works that oscillate between contradictions: the effortless and contrived, the normative and unique, the superficial and profound, the universal and particular and the rational and intuitive. With a soft focus and a sharp attention to detail, Fuhr tells a story that brings the viewer to consider the where, what, who, and why of the fashion industry. By documenting the aim of a label or designer, the vulnerability in a model’s pose, or the subtle confidence of a chosen outfit, Fuhr visually communicates an uncanny representation that lies outside of traditional industry framework.

From the detrimental environmental effects on our planet, to the damaging cycle of unattainable standards of beauty and wealth, the fashion industry can be inaccessible at best and harmful at worst. Within this vein, MALLEABLE PRIVILEGE affects reflection, at a personal level, on the complicity and participation in the vastness of consumer culture.

An examination of the space within and outside the fashion world, MALLEABLE PRIVILEGE considers the impact of consumerism, the use of clothing as armour, and the way the two converge in the development of personal expression.

curated by Ariella Starkman
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By: Darren Gallery