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Denise Prince Photography

Fatuma wears a maillot by the fashion house Missoni

“You’re rejecting part of who you are and I’m not that way.”

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department





Captivating Not Captive

Society is organized into imaginary hierarchies we have been taught to read and signal so fluently we tend to believe they’re real. Some people, for many different reasons, accept the body they actually have and do not overly invest in fantasies of the Imaginary Body. These are the people I seek out for Captivating Not Captive. We make photographs that reference fashion because the context is fixed and discrete and because fashion tells us to desire something that is missing.

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