Romanian Photographic Experiment Trancends Gender Boundaries and It’s Beautiful

Colectiva Vagenta is a Romanian online and offline entity concerned by the gap between the two genders in society and culture.

“We find it utterly important to embrace gender, become conscious and, through that, to create our personal universe without society imposed boundaries. From the day we are born we’re assigned a gender, and so, defined and delineated by society. Male or female? […] We embrace differences but this doesn’t make us the weak. We’re influenced by hormones and that makes us genetically different from males. As contemporary women, we enjoy our bodies and the peculiarities of a woman, while we exercise getting over the historical/hysterical feminine trauma and nurturing our creative-by-nature side.”

Photo: Ioana Enescu
Photo: Ioana Enescu
Photo: Ioana Enescu
Photo: Ioana Enescu
Photo: Ioana Enescu
Photo: Ioana Enescu
Photo: Ioana Enescu
Photo: Ioana Enescu

Two weeks ago, Vagenta exploited (in good way) the “androginity” concept in this amazing experimental photoshoot – “Cabinet Portret” – as a part of LGBT 2015 (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual History Month). They took three different portraits to each participant. The first portrait was a simple one, without any contexts to lay on. The second portrait had a smooth tendency towards male side, meanwhile the third portrait slowly stepped into the female perspective. Three different views, one human being. The result is obviously brilliant; the visual proof that, as R. L. Stevenson showed we have both good and evil inside us, there’s also both male and female, in various quantities. “A triptic that, in sequence, differentiates in the same measure in which it blends features.”, as the project’s creators say.

CABINET PORTRET videogif from Vagenta on Vimeo.

See also the Making Of here.

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Romanian self-taught writer, interested in contemporary art, unconventional culture and gonzo journalism. He's been writing for almost a decade while doing shitty jobs for a living. He's agnostic, supports a censorship-free world, he reads way less than he wants and he enjoys feminist porn.

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