colombian resident Natalia Gil is currently working on:
“Forces Under My Hair”
“Forces under my hair” is a long-term photographic project that assumes a critical position regarding the social control mechanisms that attempt to impose stereotypes of behaviour on women. It is mainly based on the book “Women Who Run With the Wolves” by the psychoanalyst Clarissa Pinkola Estes. The introduction suggests that women let their hair grow to hide their feelings under it. This metaphor is the springboard for my project; why are those feelings hidden? What are those deep forces that women keep suppressed, under their hair for social reasons?
Generated in Colombia in 2009, the project is currently developing in collaboration with the volunteers of the Cancer Foundation “Fondo Edo Tempia” in Biella, as well as its women visitors that suffer hair loss due to oncological treatments. Through this project women that experience this physical change, will potentially react with a more positive attitude, reconsider stereotypes, expand notions of femininity beyond the hair, discover alternate ways of feeling and living within a woman’s body and also work on self esteem issues.