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Alumni Profile: Catalina Piedrahita

2011 NESOP graduate Catalina Piedrahita has her work published in the latest issue of Revista Indigo, a Colombian magazine dedicated to showing artistic talents in multiple areas (graphic design, illustration, photography, visual arts and writing).

“This series presents images produced as an answer to sexist and misogynous attitudes that pervade our society. In particular, they are a reaction to conservative positions on issues like professional equality, sexual violence and reproductive rights in the context of American politics.  My objective is to contribute to the conversation and help shake the complacency of those whose rights are being violated; to encourage them to take on a more active political role and advocate more strongly for themselves. The rights of women are mutilated, partly due to fear of change and loss of privilege. But even more dangerous than this abuse by others is self-degradation. Women have become complicit in this war against equality by agreeing – implicitly or explicitly – with their own inferiority, or simply by remaining silent.

These images seek to show the literal and symbolic marks that aggression makes on women, while reminding the viewer of integral aspects of womanhood such as sexuality, sensuality, fertility and beauty. It is necessary that men and women alike accept the nature of femininity and allow all women to flourish with all their aspects and virtues.” – Catalina Piedrahita

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© Catalina Piedrahita 2013

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© Catalina Piedrahita 2013

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© Catalina Piedrahita 2013

To see more of this series, and to view her other work, visit her blog.

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Beauty in Penumbra

Catalina Piedrahita – First Year, Second Term
Website: www.catalinapiedrahita.com
Blog: www.catalinapiedrahita.wordpress.com

This project is very personal for me, so my intentions regarding the work were, are basically to please myself. I tend to be attracted to dark images, especially when they incorporate people. The female body is beautiful and, in this particular case, it allowed me to create attractive and intriguing abstractions amid darkness.

With my photographic goal being Editorial and Fashion Photography, it is my hope that the viewer is able to appreciate the beauty within each image and aesthetically enjoy them. I want the viewer to simply stop and wonder.