© 2022, all rights reserved.
© 2022, all rights reserved.
What makes someone a man or masculine? Throughout all cultures, men have been presented as warriors, intellectuals, and geographical guardians — powerful and prestigious, pointing fingers, grasping weaponry, making fists and standing on soapboxes. In light of #MeToo and the angry, patriarchal rhetoric resonating in the United States as well as the rest of the world, it is important to view another side of the masculine equation — an intimate take on what lies underneath this concept of masculinity.
This portrait series was a reflective exploration into the minds of those that identify as masculine and what it means to them. These people show their hands as is — with scars, tattoos, jewelry, and other markings that lend themselves to a complex, unique narrative which only they know. The portraits worked in tandem with raw, unfiltered words scrolling alongside them, offering insight into the lives of these documented few that would otherwise go unnoticed or unknown.
An exhibition diving into the world of love, loss, and emotional resistance, this photo series was born out of back-to-back events experienced by Zoë in early 2018. It grew into a personal documentation of how people experience and work through heartbreak.
The monochrome portraits on view showcased a microcosm of faces that experienced distress from love. Whether the heartache stemmed from familial, platonic, work-related, or romantic loss is inconsequential — the focus was solely on uncovering the depths of the psyche and human emotions in handling love and loss. When exhibited, audio snippets of conversations discussing heartbreak’s aftereffects played throughout the space, and various melodies — at times mimicking a heartbeat — resulted in a multi-sensory experience.
Eleven statements were heard over the exhibition’s duration and are taken verbatim from recorded conversations had with Zoë about heartbreak. These snippets were re-recorded using her voice to provide a privacy shield for those disclosing their stories. (It is easy to assume something about a person when they are heard as well as seen; however, if they are only heard in a monotonous tone, it is harder to pair with an image and harder to stereotype.)
Living in a society that seems to be increasingly divisive and judgmental, The Heartbroke Project served to challenge stereotypes and acted as a platform for recognizing that regardless of the color, creed, gender, or sexual orientation of a person, humans are invariably complex and unified by several emotions certain to be experienced in a lifetime, including — no matter the cause — a broken heart.
Over a period of eight months, 13 women took part in a project aimed to transport women to a state that was only present in their imaginations. Asked to dress up as their dream personae, they traveled to a makeshift studio with props, and styled themselves to temporarily take on a figure they always wanted to be. From Joan of Arc to Maya Angelou, to journalists and just being themselves, these women connected to emotions and feelings that had only existed in their minds before -- turning them into a brief reality.