“My work combines a strong interest in art with fashion and beauty, in an exploration of femininity and of the textural aspect of nature”
Alexandra Von Fuerst is a young Italian photographer who currently lives and works in London. Her eye for capturing the female form in an ingenues hybrid of art and fashion has quickly caught the interest of acclaimed institutions like British Journal of Photography, Vogue Italia, and Harper’s Bazaar. Fuerst’s photography is provocative in its subject and presentation but its subtlety and play on optical perceptions leaves the viewer doubting what the eye is actually seeing.
The body and its sometimes scrutinised features becomes still life, sculpture, or even landscape, and so the provocation is subverted and transformed into a celebration that explores the feminine and the connection to nature.
How did the hybrid of photography and art become the right space for you to express your thoughts on the female?
Photography became in time the means for expressing my inner nature, I feel completely immersed in it at this point. It was not necessarily a choice but a process, which lead me to become a photographer, an intuition under certain circumstances. The style I am developing in terms of aesthetic is not only related to feminism but to a wider perspective on the world, I try to focus my attention on a wider range of subjects to explore. Fashion to me is a tool to present a vision and I believe working in between this and art allows you to bring more depth to an image. Not focusing the work merely on the flow of the garments but creating a photograph which will hopefully last in time, created on various levels of understanding, such as the perception of the female body for example.
How much intention do you put into subverting traditional depictions of the female form and body as seen in fashion?
Being a woman I feel like working on femininity is merely a choice, it is an inner drive given by nature. Enhancing the female form in its raw and purest version is a journey and helps me to question reality and myself at the same time.
When working on female subjects I am maintaining the most primitive aspects of tradition and culture aiming to reinvent them in a contemporary key. This modern interpretation is made of different layers of understanding, which are constituted by a multitude of historical and symbolic elements. Maintaining a traditional approach to the subject of my images allows me to focus on twisting the content to question the perception of it, it is a constant renovation which is finally one of the main enjoyments of my work.
Do you put a lot of thought into how your work as a whole has potential to change perceptions about notions of the female body?
My photography reflects my perspective of the female body, it shows my perception of beauty which I am sharing with the world around me. Sexuality to me, in particular the female one, is the origin and drive of the world and I would like society to perceive it as natural.
Pushing boundaries on perception is very important to me therefore my goal is to maintain a constant feeling of wonder when looking at an image, questioning its content in relation to cultural conceptions at the same time.
Do you see your own work as fitting into a larger conversations on female identity? Considering the rise of MeToo, social media and a third wave of feminism.
We are currently experiencing a strong shift towards equality and female empowerment and being a female artist in this generation I feel naturally connected to this movement. I don’t however feel necessarily absorbed into this wave of feminism, the need to express a concept of beauty is not only related to the female form but to a perspective on humanity itself. I am lucky to be part of this generation of artists, being able to work so much on perceptions and boundaries. I feel like it is fundamental to question our role in the universe and having the chance to express yourself within a community which is eager to learn and defend new ideas is of great support. I believe the over saturation of certain movements in connection to feminism however is leading ideas to the opposite direction, leaving space to ignorance and fear.
It is the understanding and acceptance of the nature of female sexuality in all of its forms which is to me the strongest urge to progress.
All images are courtesy of Alexandra Von Fuerst
Alexandra Von Fuerst’s work was kindly suggested by Chiara Bardelli, photo editor at Vogue Italia @chiaranonino
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