Embracing the human form

06 March 2015

ent juli 06 marchIt should come as no surprise that people have issues such as body dysmorphia because body shaming has become a norm in our society. Be it online, at schools, in the home or at work, or just for fun or malicious intent, people take jabs at each other’s body types on a daily basis.

People learn to feel ashamed of their bodies and for that reason, nudity has negative connotations associated with it.

Julia “Juli-Art” Hango, through her photography, attempts to help people embrace their naked bodies through a nude photography exhibition titled Provocatore.

The 21-year-old will have an exhibition of nine pictures with different people in various states of undress with the hope that the aestheticism of the pictures will provoke change in her audience.

Hango started her career in photography as one of the first female photographers at Nawa Zone and before she knew it, she was taken with the art.

A year and a half ago, she moved to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where she believed she would grow artistically.

Initially, her interest in nudity was rooted in a sex education program that she wanted to start but instead transformed into photos.

“I hate clothing and I wanted to be naked all the time, which I can do through my photography,” Hango said.

Apart from allowing her to be naked, the nude photography also turned out as a path to the artistic growth she had searched for.

“We all know that we are naked under our clothes but I don’t think people fully embrace it… I want to show people that there is more to nudity than pornography,” she said as she explained her motivation.

All she asks for from her prospective audience is that they keep an open mind when they go to see her exhibition and see what message she is trying to send out.

“Through this process I have learned that my human form is catching up with my spiritual self and I believe I feel like it will feel more so after the exhibition,” she said of the lessons she learnt along this journey.

Hango has taken pictures of at least 40 people with over 300 pictures per session so she had to comb through all of them for the ones that best communicates her message.

The exhibition will take place from 12 March to 02 April at Jojo’s Music and Arts Café. The exhibition opens at 19h30 and entrance to the event is free of charge.
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