“Reconstructing Reality” explores the relationship between objectified landscapes and the representation of women. Using women’s perspective in fashion and portrait photography as points of departure, the project examines strategies like collaboration and intimacy to reflect on commodification. Through this project, Iliana Michali uncovered the power of a network of creative and immigrant women who bond over their shared sensitivities and commitment to their environments, forming a unique community of their own.
This whole research led me to the understanding of the female gaze
as an affirmation of the female identity, an acceptance of diverse
beauty, and the celebration of the self-representation of femininity.
The female gaze is mainly about the way that the work is created, the
human encounters, the safe place between women, and the sense of
feeling heard and seen. It is a way to question the way that we look
at women and learn different ways of looking. My pictures reflect
the way that I would also like to be captured. I attempt to bring
more agency to photo shootings and more presentations instead