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Part of a collection of staged selfie's exploring what it means to be seen as a woman in society and visual culture. The full collection of work was curated specifically for instagram, and delved into the performance of cultivating an online identity. Often drawing a parallel between the history of the female nude, and the modern-day selfie; where we present an artificial version of ourselves for the benefit of the spectator. According to the Male Gaze theory, women experience the narratives of the visual world secondarily, through an identification with the male gaze. However, with the power of social media we have the ability to take control, and even manipulate, how we are seen. Through self-representation we interrupt the core belief of the male gaze; that men act and women appear.

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Adele Giles’ work is primarily concerned with the reshaping and overall representation of female identity in contemporary society. The self has been a central component within Adele’s practice, taking on a dual-role of both maker and subject in a series of self-portraits. Working in various ways, including photography, screen-printing, performance and installation. Connecting the spatial framing of the body to the issues of social restrictions on women. Currently Adele is working from her studio in Cardiff.

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