Project Details

Description

‘The Bears” is a photographic portrayal of women who were part of Brown University’s rugby team between 2013-2015. While being part of an intellectually exigent environment, these students had decided to also join a very physically demanding sport. A sport that introduces them to a community that will not only challenge them to push their limits as athletes, but will strengthen them both physically and mentally. I was drawn to portraying the young women who joined the team, not only as a sport, but as a way to be introduced to a community with a strong identity where they can find an identity of their own. Through my work, I aim to challenge the stereotypes that women who join this sport are supposed to fit, and to broaden our understanding of what we define as masculine and feminine.

Described as a sport of "elegant violence", rugby has a complex identity that is often simplified. In my work, I'm interested in enhancing the dualities that define the sport and the athletes: violence and grace, weakness and strength, masculine and feminine. In 2016, for the first time, women's rugby competed at the Olympics level. We witnessed a historical change that hopefully continues to shine light on the persistence and successful effort of female athletes, and challenges the meaning of that have historically been dominated by men.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date1/09/137/06/24

Keywords

  • photography