Artist Hana Pesut’s intriguing photo collection, Switcheroo, challenges our ideas of gender by asking couples to swap outfits.
Tom Matlack came upon this awesome photo project by artist Hana Pesut on her blog, Sincerely Hana and sent it to me right away with a note on how cool it is. I totally agreed and asked Hana to share some of her photos with The Good Feed Blog.
Hana describes her project like this:
Switcheroo is a dual portrait series by Vancouver-based photographer Hana Pesut. Accomplices are photographed twice, once in their own clothes and again wearing reversed outfits against the same background. The magic in this series lies in the similitude of the normal and affected versions that becomes distanced when their variances become more apparent.
The photos raise a lot of questions for me… like why my perception of who the people are changes so dramatically based upon the outfit and hairstyle. Not just men in skirts, that’s obviously a deeply cultured gender signifier, but even the gender-neutral stuff. Why does she look artsy when she wears something, but he looks like a thug? Why does a man with his hair pulled back look more feminine than when it’s down and flowing?
Hana’s photos really make you question what exterior qualities define masculinity. I asked Hana what insights into gender performance and masculinity she’s gained in the process of building this collection. She told me, “One thing I’ve noticed from doing this project is that a lot of the men who were hesitant to put on the women’s clothing end up being ok with it once they’ve actually got the clothing on or afterwards. Most of them say ‘that wasn’t so bad’ and some even realize how comfortable women’s clothing can be (other than the heels) and that they actually look good.”
Here are some of my favorites:
So what do you think about how the people’s personalities seem to change with the clothes? Which is your favorite? Would you participate in Hana’s Switcheroo?
For more of Hana Pesut’s photos, visit her blog and her Tumblr page: