La Puente is the biggest brothel in southern Ecuador in the city of Machala, where 170 women are working. The word puente means bridge, in Spanish a masculine noun („el puente“), adapted to fit the context and thus feminized – La Puente.
The photos were created in collaboration with the women, who chose their own poses and later painted with nail polish on their polaroids. The nail polish was initially used to provide anonymity, but quickly developed into a creative instrument, and way to beautify the world within the brothel. Not only their selected poses, but also the use of nail polish tell about the women’s inner and outer perceptions, raising questions as well about the sexualized picture of women in our societies. Working with polaroid and nail polish gave them the possibility to control and personalize their own photos, breaking down the power structures in the artistic production itself, by letting the women enter the sphere of the creative process.