A CONVERSATION ABOUT OBJECTIFICATION - PHmuseum

A CONVERSATION ABOUT OBJECTIFICATION

Ayomide Olufawo

2019

Lagos, Nigeria

This project seeks to tell a story of objectification in both male and female genders. For women, the most pervasive form of objectification is where they are reduced only to sexual objects. For men, I argue that the most pervasive form of objection, occurs when they are reduced to instruments of utility. Each image in the series goes further into the conversation and creates avenues for reflection and maybe reformation.

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  • WHEN WE ARE BORN I
    When we are born, we are without context; bare, waiting for external influences to shape our thoughts and unavoidably our lives.

  • WHEN WE ARE BORN II
    When we are born, we are without context; bare, waiting for external influences to shape our thoughts and unavoidably our lives.

  • FUNGIBILITY I
    This seeks to establish the idea that when a person is treated as though they are interchangeable, objectification is taking place. It means that the person represents only an object to the one doing the interchanging.

  • FUNGIBILITY II
    This seeks to establish the idea that when a person is treated as though they are interchangeable, objectification is taking place. It means that the person represents only an object to the one doing the interchanging.

  • OBJECTIFICATION OF SELF I
    This makes the statement that objectification can sometimes be internal. A person may have a perception of themselves which objectifies them.

  • OBJECTIFICATION OF SELF II
    This makes the statement that objectification can sometimes be internal. A person may have a perception of themselves which objectifies them.

  • THE WAY WE SEE I
    The conversation about the pervasiveness of objectification in the lives of both male and female genders is broken. Each gender seems to be trying to win the argument by showing that they are the most alienated by objectification. Unfortunately, this way, we ignore the other person's side of the conversation.

  • THE WAY WE SEE II
    The conversation about the pervasiveness of objectification in the lives of both male and female genders is broken. Each gender seems to be trying to win the argument by showing that they are the most alienated by objectification. Unfortunately, this way, we ignore the other person's side of the conversation.

  • MY LOVER'S ASS AS A PILLOW
    This represents a space for positive objectification. It is a space where though a person is used as an instrument of sexual pleasure or utility; there is enough care and concern for the person's well being, that it does not lead to objectification.

  • MY LOVER'S ARM AS A SHIELD
    This represents a space for positive objectification. It is a space where though a person is used as an instrument of sexual pleasure or utility; there is enough care and concern for the person's well being, that it does not lead to objectification.


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