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Being a Woman is A Natural Act
Itzel Martínez Del Canizo
MexicoGALLERYCONVERSATION
Being a Woman is A Natural Act
An everyday impulse
that gives you direction


And you must follow
where it may go
always
With its beauty
and unsteadiness
With passion
In the day to day
A personal will
To want. To feel. To live
With the sun
Until the end.

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This photographic project makes use of the familiar aesthetic of images from fashion magazines to present the real lives of women. I use images representing daily life in order to reclaim the ideas that fashion sells us. These images are the result of everyday moments among a group of women friends between the ages of twenty-one and twenty-eight, hanging out and expressing themselves naturally in front of the camera.

With this I try to convey the simple and intriguing life of any woman who is simply herself, without commercial or social stereotypes. We need not adjust our self-perception or desires to the path laid out for us; we can create our own. This is a kind of anti-publicity that does not offer ideas to buy, but rather ideas to live by.

In Mexican culture, a woman is raised for matrimony, to assist a man as a secretary, an aide, an employee, a cashier, a manager, a wife. Many of my friends’ mothers are housewives, and their social participation is now limited to memories and yearnings from grammar school and high school. Their studies were truncated by pregnancies and matrimonies. Their aspirations are archived in letters to childhood friends, saved within old records and magazine cutouts. And they are the women who formed us; their minds and examples showed us what it means to be a woman and the way a woman should behave.

But the history of these women has pushed us to question the path to follow. After seeing my mother’s life, I have had the strength to take control of my own life, to cling to my decisions and desires, whatever the price. Through questioning her and other women of her generation, I have known clearly how we must act socially. These women have advanced the answers that lead us to demand our place, to rob spaces, to shout louder until we are listened to like women, people, thinking beings who have much to contribute and to say.

In my experience, being a woman has not created any additional obstacles in my professional life. But this world is the scene of great fighting — nothing is simply handed out; if you want something, you need to get it for yourself. Nothing comes easily; everything that you wish for must be planted and tended on a daily basis. That is also how it is for all women. With our day-to-day actions, we must demonstrate what we are and what we can do. We must have something to offer, so we must first work internally, constructing who we are and what we want to give to the world.

In this sense, being a woman is a constant challenge that requires our active participation. We have a new vision, a new perspective to offer the world. And I believe that my generation no longer has an excuse for not doing so. The walls have been destroyed. The doors are now open. It is up to us to determine what to do and what path to take.
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Marini Widowati (Indonesia)
All doors are open to everyone depends on her own capacity. Learn to know yourself is a fundamental action. The rest, let the One lead the way. None will become the prophet (since the last one has died), none will become the queen since it is only a fairy tale, just wake up and live the best of you.
Imagining Ourselves Team (United States)
Do you believe all doors are open to you in your life?
 
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