Photographer and installation artist, Olivia Alonso Gough explores female sexuality during adolescence in her latest project I Shaved For Nothing. The series celebrates and furthers the contemporary discussion of the “sad girl culture” which seeks to liberate shame from emotionality and sexuality. The contemporary sad girl is an extension of the artistic and historical representations of hysterical women. Tying in humor and ironic distance allows them to be self aware, but still experience and appreciate emotionality.
The installation, which takes inspiration from Dutch still lives and religious shrines, celebrates the trivialized and overlooked ephemera of teenage girlhood. It takes overly simplified representations of sexuality and seeks to mock & challenge simplified representations of female sexuality.
Text by Gabi Pérez