In this emotionally powerful project, Julia Kozerski uses her photography skills to capture her “… private struggles with food, obsession, self-control, and self-image.”
“We are flooded with media messages and images about losing weight: PSA campaigns, sneaker ads, reality shows, before and after commercials, in which celebs beam with joy in photos proving that they’ve slimmed down. They’re often perfectly toned, in a bikini, grinning ear to ear.
“Julia Kozerski’s artwork is very, very different. She faces the camera not with a smile, but with a steady, open, challenging gaze. Sometimes there are tears in her eyes. Sometimes she doesn’t face the camera at all. …
“We’re not accustomed to seeing documentation of this sort: A woman’s body photographed not for the male gaze, not Photoshopped and airbrushed and rendered perfect so as to be more easily digested by the public.”