• Charlotte Schmitz

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  • Location: Istanbul
    Nationality: German
    Biography: Charlotte has developed very consistent and original work about the issues that affect her as a young contemporary woman. She is building a very interesting narrative using compelling images to convey a deliberately personal approach. She has... read on
Public Project
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Credits: charlotte schmitz
Updated: 01/27/18
Location: Machala Ecuador
2017

170 women work in the biggest brothel of South Ecuador, in the city of Machala. These photos were developed in collaboration with the women working in the brothel, so it was important to choose a medium that would give them full control over their identity. Working with a polaroid camera gave the women the possibility to control and personalize their own photos. To protect their identity, many of the women painted with nail polish on their own pictures. It was initially used to hide identity, but quickly developed into a creative process and even a way of staging the world within the brothel. The women decided how they wanted to be photographed, they represent and define themselves independently. Not only their selected poses, but also the use of nail polish tell about the women’s inner and outer perceptions and about the general sexualized picture of women in our societies.

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