Shot over the past two years, her images posit a suggestion that true feminism requires real equality - and that there should be no hierarchy between the sexes. By merging and blurring gender clichés and stereotypes, Anna seeks to free gender from its bipolar shackles, supporting Judith Butler’s argument by demonstrating that gender, like sexuality, is fluid and non-binary.
“The heterosexual male gaze has both dominated and defined popular culture for centuries,” says Anna. “Women have always faced - and continue to face - being objectified and commodified by male sexual desire. In this exhibition, I hope to challenge that orthodoxy.”
Anna Sampson, 23, is a fine art photographer who moved to London from Merseyside, UK. Originally a painter, Anna is a self-taught photographer who shoots on film and completes her images in the darkroom. She graduated from the BA Fine Art course at Chelsea College of Arts in 2015, where the central focus of her work was a series of portraits entitled Gender Trouble. Her work challenges gender boundaries in popular culture by blending and subverting cisgender stereotypes, with a playful riff on role-play.
Anna’s fascination with the body and the erotic manifests itself through her carefully staged photographic portraits. Inspired by the tradition of Nan Goldin, but bringing her own nuanced sensibility to her tableaux, Anna deploys friends and associates as her immediate subject matter.