Dominas, Lothringer 13, Munich, Installation View, 2015

Dominas (2015) documents the stories of individuals working as professional dominatrixes in Germany. This project utilizes the genre of portrait photography to probe the medium’s function as an instrument of power.

Consisting of three homogeneous parts, this body of work brings together large scale portraits of 24 women working professionally in the BDSM industry. It combines these images with a selection of statements excerpted from interviews with these women as conducted by the artist, alongside imagery from a Google search using the keyword »Domina«. Pairing the personal experience and appearance of these women with iconography mass-produced by and for the porn industry examines the mechanisms of perception in the digital age.

Open to a variety of interpretations, Dominas can be read as a multidimensional collage, as a visual study on both sadomasochistic aesthetics and the conventions of presentation and representation, and as a reflection on the triangulation among power structures, social critique, and the questioning of existing values and hierarchies.

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Elizabeth Garden, 2013

 

Lady Alexa, 2016

 

Lady Lucy, 2014

 

Frollein Lina, 2016

 

Divine Yamuna, 2014

 

Lady Susanna, 2013

 

Anonymous statement taken from the interviews included in the project

 

Anonymous statement taken from the interviews included in the project

 

Anonymous statement taken from the interviews included in the project

 

Anonymous statement taken from the interviews included in the project

 

Mademoiselle Louise, 2014

 

Lady Electra, 2015

 

Lady Roxanne, 2016

 

Fräulein Schmidt, 2014

 

Bizarrlady Estelle, 2015

 

Lady Ashley, 2014

 

Anonymous statement taken from the interviews included in the project

 

Anonymous statement taken from the interviews included in the project

 

Anonymous statement taken from the interviews included in the project

 

Anonymous statement taken from the interviews included in the project

 

Baroness Davina Dust, 2013

 

Bizarrlady Vicky, 2014

 

Mistress Morrigan Hel, 2016

 

Uma Masome, 2014

 

Lady Silver, 2016

 

Lady Lana, 2016

 

Anonymous statement taken from the interviews included in the project

 

Anonymous statement taken from the interviews included in the project

 

Anonymous statement taken from the interviews included in the project

 

Anonymous statement taken from the interviews included in the project

 

Miss Peel, 2013

 

Lady Xara, 2013

 

Fräulein Schmitt, 2013

 

Lady Stefanie, 2016

 

Bizarrlady Amy, 2014

 

Lady Destiny Dark, 2014