March 28, 2021

Girl on Girl by Charlotte Jansen

After viewing 'Girl on Girl' by Charlotte Jansen I was left completely and utterly captivated by the array of beautiful images produced by 40 international female artists and photographers that celebrate women as their main focus and gaze throughout their images, using photography as a way to examine the subject of female identity whilst exploring the 'female gaze' and what that entails on todays modern society.

Charlotte Jansen herself, is a freelance writer and lecturer having multiple articles issued in companies such as The Guardian, Elle and Elephant Magazine on topics surrounding art and culture. Jansen has so far produced two books, 'Girl on Girl: Art and Photography in the Age of the Female Gaze' which was published on the 3rd April 2017 and 'Photography now' which will be released on the 22nd April 2021.

Jansen began her research into Girl on Girl all the way back in 2015, researching numerous well known photographers such as Cindy Sherman, Carrie Mae Weems and Graciela Iturbide who all have work surrounding the same historical conversations.

Jansen provided my class and I with a seminar showcasing her studies over the years and giving us her own representation of her work explaining her own views on the female gaze and many misconceptions one may have of the movement such as,

  • Confusing the movement as an act of feminism.

  • Identifying the Female Gaze as a topic that is only relevant to women.

  • The misconception that women do not produce sexist work.

Jansen highlighted topics such as todays gender identity and sexuality being much more fluid than it used to be explaining how if a person identifies as a transgender women yet was assigned male at birth, they would not be excluded just because they don't obtain the life 'experience' of a woman.