A Photo Essay
Paradise Lost is a photo series about women of colour in the digital art feminist movement–our bodies, our insecurities, our stories–and strives to be a visual conversation piece on intersectional feminism in the art world. Paradise Lost also deconstructs the divide between White feminism and “us”, tackling the exclusion subconsciously created by women.
As a Sri Lankan immigrant, I remember feelings of excited anticipation to leave my tropical country and begin again in first-world Canada. What greeted me instead were feelings of displacement and invisibility–not paradise at all.
I noticed a lack of representation for South Asian women and POC, and was often unable to relate to the beauty standards the Western media pushed on me. The only time I felt like a mainstream editorial was communicating the idea of relevant representation and progress was when I saw the United Colours of Benetton ads in the 90s. This visual aesthetic, exploring the simple idea of diversity and co-existing, has since been my inspiration.
Photographer: Jacqueline Ashton
Lingerie: Undone | Luxury Basics and Underwear
MUA: Olivia Taylor