'Plan Américain' by Scarlett Coten
Plan Américain is part of a larger study on the complexities of masculinity and is devoted to a new territory: the United States. Through intimate portraits, this series gives a unique overview of today’s America - the America of my encounters with strangers. Reversing the typical societal roles, this work offers a female viewpoint on men, a transgressive photographic act, exploring the necessity of alternative perspectives and the power of the female gaze in the art. I choose men on instinct and invite them to pose, photographing those who agree in a confidential location selected to match each individual encounter. By focusing on beauty and the vulnerabilities of a gender constrained by stereotypical expectations of masculinity, my work strives to remove any cliché or stigma of sensitivity, recontextualizing gendered identity for today’s world.