The myth of the doll-woman presents an idealization of Woman that forces her to respond to unattainable moral and aesthetic imperatives. She is a synthetic woman whose anatomy remains forever unaltered; she is an ideal of Woman that has all the virtues demanded of a feminine body, like beauty, youth, and sensuality, but none of the “undesirable” characteristics of real women, like old age, pregnancy, or menstruation. With this project, I want to question how a society and its standards determine the behaviour of an individual and limit the development of that individual’s identity. It worries me that a person, for the simple fact of being born into a culture and living in it, assumes a role that is imposed, and that this is done unconsciously, without asking why or considering that there may be other paths. I’m talking about the girls who look like dolls, about the objectification of these woman in service to a society and customs that generate automatic behaviours. Far from wanting to reflect morbidly on some aspects of Japanese culture, I use that culture as inspiration to reflect on issues that affect us all, especially in these times dominated by the improved representation of oneself.
A photographic reflection on cultural roles, through portraits of dolls and women in Japan.