In a male-centric art world Stefanie Langenhoven’s photography stems from her day-to-day, lived experiences, with the concept of womanhood at the core of her work. The way she represents the female body is unpolished and non-confining, challenging the patriarchy’s traditional feminine fantasy. “It’s really about taking hold of our own femaleness, and not having to fit into a ‘man’s world’ by either submitting to men or becoming more like men,” Stephanie explains.
Stefanie’s subjects often appear nude or in various stages of undress. She’s drawn to unusual shapes and textures, and prefers working with a subtle colour palette. Her intention is to challenge the way the female form, which she perceives as innately pure, is sexualised and objectified by the media. “My images express the internalisation of objectification and distorted idealisation of the female body,” says the artist, whose work deals with her personal journey around self and body acceptance. “It is very personal, but I feel that many woman can relate to this.”
Stefanie is currently working on a body of work with illustrator Alexia Cocolas named Silk Worm, to be shown at a collaborative exhibition entitled Undefined. The exhibition, curated by Dead Bunny Society, will be happening from 29 September – 31 October 2016 at the DF Contemporary Gallery in Cape Town.