ARTIST STATEMENT: One in every eight woman in the world born today will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
I was one of them. I was very lucky to get the best treatment in New York City. I had my breasts removed followed with aggressive chemotherapy, and I can say after many years, I am a survivor.
In many countries breast cancer and removal of one's breast is an stigma. Women are rejected by society and even by their own families. What a contradiction when the legendary Amazon women of the ancient Greek mythology, would cut their own breast off to hold the bow and arrow to become better warriors . Then I had to make a choice to be a victim or a warrior and I choose to fight. That was when my healing began.
The oppression of society can lead us to places where we are trapped and disconnected, making us feel far away from our well being, purpose and ultimately our destiny.
In my photos my female model is photographed in a series of masculine poses, such of Buddha, the Thinker and even Jesus. I wanted to demystified these figures so women can make these icons their own.
Other ways of oppression are the societal role of being complete only by getting married with the expectations of being good wives and mothers.
In the present day, the domestication of women influenced by the media, painkillers, drugs and religion, are ways to get trapped and deadened the impulse to elevate our souls.
Finally this is a tribute to all the ordinary Amazon women of today's planet of all ages, races and religions. My hope is to encourage them to find their place in the world. A world free from oppression, establish roles and easy escapism.