CAMEROON | This photography is a work from @gildaspare and »explores a cameroonian cultural practice: ›ironing breasts.‹ —
This ironing consists in crushing the mammary gland of young girls having a pubertal development considered too early. This body control is performed by their mother, grandmother, aunt or healer, using objects heated on the fire, diverted from the kitchen.
This act involves real physical, psychological and even identity wounds. Yet, paradoxically, this act is above all a benevolent act, aiming to protect these girls from the eyes of men, rape, marriage or early pregnancy, also allow them to continue their studies. Over the portraits, images, texts, and objects, the series enters intimately into the dichotomy of these women, in their relation between nature and culture, protection and conformity, existence and selflessness.
And so these breasts, both controlled and sacred, become both eternal hurt and dream of their life, for breast plastic surgery.« —
In an interview with @vice Gilda Paré tells us about one woman who’s »breasts first were maltreated with a spatula, later ironed with a heated stone. She was raped, got married without her consent and became mother of a child with 14.« She then was unable to breastfeed her baby and there aren‘t any baby-bottles and -milk in their countries market. Therefore she used driver ants to get bitten by for supporting her milk production.
For more information about the artists work and all the photos and stories of the cameroonian girls click here: www.gildaspare.com/PLASTIC-SURGERY-DREAM
For the vice-article where Gildas Paré is getting interviewed about his work with the cameroonian women click here: www.vice.com/de/article/kw5859/die-opfer-der-schrecklichen-kamerunischen-tradition-des-brustbuegelns-237
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Sources: vice, am 23. August 2015 » Gildas Paré Artwork, 2015 - 2 days ago