THE MINDFUL BODY: AN EXPLORATORY JOURNEY AS A WOMAN THROUGH BODY AND SELF PORTRAITS
The body is a vessel of creative energy, feelings and experiences.
Through my experience as a psychologist, anthropologist and photographer but also due to my personal life, the body has always seem to me as a blank canvas where we embody and project contradictions and resistances as well as creativity and past struggles, sickness, desires and experiences. The body has its own boundaries, therefore it is a battlefield where many layers of us get embodied and stored.
As part of my phototherapeutic workshops with women and thanks to my own experience too, I beleive photography can be a perfect way of healing and awakening of unconscious and conscious emotions stored in our body. My self photographic work is also therapeutic as it is a way of releasing and exploring elements that are present in me as a woman. This work does not only speak of a physical body, but also of an emotional and mental body conditioned by my gender, my experiences and the society in which I live.
As an artist, I do not aspire to this work being only autobiographical, but to re-create human aspects of this collective consciousness through my truth as a woman. The self expression is movement and this movement occurs through the body.
Oihana Marco, Bachelor of Psychology (UPV, 1995-2000) and master's degree in Anthropology (London 2005-06) performed her thesis on the veil and women of second generation in London. She has worked as a researcher in gender and migration topics. Since 2016, she designs projects that seek to empower women through photography (Museum of fine arts of Bilbao, University of Malaga, etc…). Special focus is given to Social Inclusion and gender due her academic background. She combines her work as an artistic photographer with these workshops and her work at the Centre Pompidou of Malaga where she works as a cultural mediator. Her professional goal is to use photography as another tool to tell stories and unveil voices and hidden realities but also to empower people through workshops or through her therapeutic photographic sessions. She wants to do this from a social and an artistic perspective and view.