Stella Mulroney

American photographer Stella Mulroney questions the expression of gender.


Exploring teenage sexuality, angst and gender fluidity, American photographer Stella Mulroney questions the expression of gender in her Femme Fatale series. The visual essay recently became part of an exhibition titled Juvenilia, curated by Isabella Bustamante for Teen Art Salon, shown at miLES New York City in September 2015. The show focused on “the early output of future practitioners” who interpret youth culture, touching on sexuality, sensuality, self-reflection and the journey into maturity in the Internet age. In Femme Fatale, gender-fluid young men shot in soft rose light against a velvet backdrop feel not confined by restrictive boundaries of stereotypical expectations as they make their first explorations in make-up and intimate looks that feature shimmer shadow and red matte lips. The subtle styling with Dr. Seuss pants reminds one of the never-to-be-forgotten quote on expressing the self. “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”

glamcult-stella-mulroney-gender-1 is a side program of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, taking place from the 27th of January until the 7th of February, 2016. Together with IFFR, Glamcult will keep you updated on the program and explore its inspirational subject matter.

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