The journey of being Thirteen
French Photographer Simon-Deblon brings us into a fictional autobiography through the struggles of her teenage years. She wants to confront us with the difficulty in our current society for woman to find a balance between the woman we ought to be and the woman we are.
It is important for her to talk about stereotyped feminism. Growing up she felt as she had to fulfill certain expectations that were shown in the media. For instance taking a hard stand against marriage, being independent from men, not getting kids young. It is a challenge to find your way as a person against what the media and other social pressure wants us to be. Of course finding a balance between the person you think you ought to be and the one you are is very difficult.
In her work she plays with the paradoxes between 2 alter-ego’s. They are represented as a tension between the colors red and blue. Simon-Deblon finds red a powerful color as it stands for both love, sexuality and intimacy versus danger and battle. Echoing her subject as growing up as a woman, with all the mixed feelings which are endured during teenage hood.
'Extimité', she explains is the contrast of intimacy as we show ourselves as we want. It is a way of controlling our life and what we share by modifying how to appear. As she felt she is not able of 'faking' it anymore, she wanted to make this serie to invite others to identify with the disconnection she feels showing herself.
In her work you can find symbols and references towards breaking free and accepting yourself for the woman you are.