« Auditioning Genders » is a project on photographic portrait that questions the notion of gender from an intimate perspective. For this particular approach to portraiture, Isabelle Grosse asks her models to bring out a personal gendered quality with which they are not socially identified.Protocol :
To sum up briefly the whole protocol, the artist will ask a man or a woman to project visually, what they feel inside that belongs to the opposite sex and that they do not openly express in their social life. To go beyond the male-female dichotomy, the artist will also suggest that her models choose from several genders: for instance, the 7 “kinds” that some North American universities present on their application forms.
Isabelle Grosse wants to avoid caricatured photographs; the models are not asked to perform and play another gender but to draw on their emotions and personal experience. Auditioning Genders is a process that wants to capture the living effervescence of genders that coexist within us and make them emerge in a peaceful coexistence through the photographic work.
Auditioning Genders is also about the photographic act of shaping genders. With this project, the artist continues her work on frameworks and forms, both social and aesthetic structures.