“In an era where the traditional idea of gender has totally shifted, my work wants to investigate the representation of what we still generally call feminine and masculine and play with it.” explains D’Onofrio. Hopefully in our days, things are changing towards a future with less gender oriented rules, but there is still a long way to go. Trough the use of the smallest things like a stroke of blue eyeshadow or a feather light chiffon blouse, D'Onofrio evokes memories of oneself’s femininity. The photo series is a continuation of a three-year study of shooting boys in their natural looks and then supplementing with makeup and accessories. “What comes out is a very poetic journey through gender identification and self discovery,” said D’Onofrio. The images offer a charismatic look at the world from where we are today, where gender is still present - but means so much more than your chromosome composition.
words MADELEINE HOLTH
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