Beauty & Decay by Iness Rychlik

In my self-portraits, I often use genuine antique garments or props to depict the parallels between my experiences as a woman and the inferior female position in Victorian Britain. Sexual harassment is an everyday reality. Despite living in a modern society where education and professional development are widely accessible, we are often reduced to the role of a mere exhibit; a silent doll. My conceptual images convey the pain of being forced into performing a submissive and ornamental function. Fascinated by the idea of expressing sexuality and cruelty in a subtle evocative way, I aim to provoke the viewer’s imagination, rather than satisfy it.

Photographer: Iness Rychlik / @inessrychlik / https://www.facebook.com/InessRychlikOfficial

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