Corinna Kern, Female Masker Portraits
This project takes a look at the hidden, yet worldwide growing subculture of Female Masking, originating from the desire to transform into a female alter ego. Often emerging out of admiration for the beauty of femininity, female masking presents an outlet for heterosexual men to embrace their female sides. Women, forming the minority of the scene, find an opportunity to slip into another role, enabling them to experience another side of themselves, or to simply let go. As a way of escapism, as an experience of a different identity, as an aesthetic expression, as a means of immunity, as a statement, and last but not least, to cover the mask imposed by society with one made from rubber, this project explores what it means to be a female masker.