Atelophobia - the fear of imperfection, the fear of never being good enough - is a work on the image of beauty and its authenticity, showing how we try to fit to an ideal distorted by the media and how it can affect our identities and the way we represent ourselves.
This project involves several portraits of women whose bodies have been altered through digital retouch with the idea to acquire the idealised female figure as depicted by our patriarchal society.
I mainly focused on the idea of enhancement and the notion of perfection, playing into and against the objectification of the female body, adopting an exaggerated over-Identification with the male gaze.
I am concerned how imagery manipulates the audience and influences our perception of beauty. We don’t know anymore how to exist without imagining ourselves as a picture. Being against standardization of people, I am denouncing the social pressures that our society inflicts to body and appearance, which drive people to change their image through plastic surgery and/or retouched images to fit into a narrowing ideal of female beauty.