A glimpse into erotically feminist soul of roman photographer Rebecca Dorothyx
For a woman, the perception of the body and its relation with the social conception of sex and sexuality is an extremely interesting topic that Rebecca explores in her research process.
In the era where we all should be feminist, the work of photographer Rebecca Dorotyx fulfills perfectly the revendication of freedom in sex and gender.
Indeed, from Rome to Berlin and then Paris, her charisma and great energy will shake your feminist soul with an incredible empathetic sensibility.Her cutting-edge language has been nourished by her willingness to travel across Europe on the wave of a deep research of the self.
What is intriguing In her powerful images is not only her capacity to speak loudly about freedom, but also an innate talent to highlighting the beauty of the normal body, through a gentle and ironic touch.
The result is an explosive imagery, portraying a chiasm of provocative and playful sensuality crossing with a more authentic and delicate individuality.
“This erotism is not just sensual. Her surrealist-pop photos communicate a magnetic positive energy, which is also an open invitation to take life less seriously.”
From Helmut Newton to Nobuyoshi Araki, Almodovar and more contemporary artists such as Petra Collins, Nadia Lee Cohen and Alva Bernadine, which she openly pays homage to in many shots, Rebecca started to want using erotism as main driver of her research process to better express the importance of being self confident in our contemporary and individualistic world.
Particularly, she began doing photos in the city where puritanism is still predominant: Rome.
Catholicism is everywhere, and people are still afraid to talk openly about sex although their instagram sunset photos in bikini declare a sort of perverse perbenism.
Later on, she decided to move to Berlin with the clear intent of using photography as a means to express her need to investigate on the self perception and how it relates with the world we decide to belong to. Through a series of auto portraits, Rebecca’s body becomes the measure of her intimate change in the achievement of a mature and protective womanhood.
Perception of sex and beauty stereotypes are indeed limits of our self conception, expression that really impacts on our attitude towards life.
That’s why this erotism is not just sensual. Her surrealist-pop photos communicate a magnetic positive energy, which is also an open invitation to take life less seriously.
Sexy toys, leather collars, latex and neon multicolor light outrage the conventional ideas of decency and sexual reticence, while maintaining a romantically kitsch approach through an emphasis on nudes and exaggeration of body shapes.
Another leading object of discussion in her work concerns the relevance of female support. Women are able to establish a creative, positive and authentic synergy when they decide to cooperate. Together is better and in this sense Rebecca is purely a feminist.
Too often, women and especially artists need to impose themself and compete within each others, creating a very sad sensation of isolation.
Indeed, becoming a self-made woman nowadays is even more complex than it seems, especially if one thinks about how much the feminine sensibility is dominated by the hectic, digital and business oriented world of capital cities. The transition to adulthood and discovery of the self is even more adrenalinic if one considers those women that decided on their own to leave all their certainties (family, friends, native land) to restart from zero and alone abroad. Nevertheless, as Nietzsche would say: “You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star”.
Nowadays Rebecca Dorothyx lives and work in Paris, and it will not be surprisingly if she will ask you to pose for her in her studio in Pigalle.
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