Utilising the female gaze as a lens through which to view the world; the female form is active, taking up space and existing in their chosen form.
The term ‘female gaze’ refers to the right of female identifying bodies to adopt the active and objectifying gaze that has traditionally and stereotypically been associated with males, undermining the dominant cultural alignment of masculinity with 'activity' and femininity with 'passivity'.
Exploring the abject nature of the female body through the contradictory and absurd dichotomy of objectification that sees this form as simultaneously captivating and repulsive.
GAPE collective acknowledges that we live and work on the stolen land of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation, this land was never ceded. We pay our respects to the traditional custodians of this country; past, present and emerging. Always was and always will be Aboriginal land.
- Be or become wide open.
- Stare with one’s mouth open wide in amazement or wonder.
GAPE collective is made up of interdisciplinary and photographic media artists based in Perth, Western Australia, (Whadjuk Noongar Boodja). The members of GAPE have university education studying Fine Art, inclusive of Bachelors and Honours from the years of 2008 – 2015. Most recently being selected to participate in the 2020 RESET Residency at the Perth Centre of Photography.
Working in the mediums of photography, video, performance, installation and mixed media sculpture the artists collectively seek to create artworks and experiences that will entice and challenge the viewer.