Flower Beauty Boys
My work questions gender and identity, the diktat of appearance and clichés about femininity and masculinity. For the FLOWER BEAUTY BOYS series, I made portraits of young men obsessed by their appearance and controlling their image on social networks, looking for physical perfection, retouching their face with colored lenses, makeup and even surgery.
They want to look like the selfies they make daily, perfect images retouched on their smartphone. The boundaries between virtuality and reality fades. The physical is manipulated as a retouched photograph.
These young men move away from the usual codes of masculinity and distance themselves from the dictate of society around masculinity. Many claim to be genderless. They open possible fields of multiplicity of genres and identities and participate in social transformations.
I wish to point out that the young men photographed are not all gay: some are straight, and others claim to be genderless.All are challenging masculinities, they move away from the usual codes of masculinity and distance themselves from the dictate of society around masculinity.
This series is about quest for identity, dictates on appearance and stereotypes about gender.