Ángela Burón’s Surreal Self-Portraits Reclaim The Female Body
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With her bag, a tripod, and a television in tow, Ángela Burón entered a local grocery store in its closing hours and began setting up her camera. After getting a permit to photograph in the supermarket, the Spain-based photographer snapped a few shots that later culminated in something completely unreal. “Desnudo Integral” — a play on the words “pan integral,” which means wheat bread — shows Burón standing in an aisle with nothing but two bread slices covering her breasts. There’s a television where her head should be, and she coyly places one leg in front of the other.
Many of Burón’s photographs depict her naked body with surreal twists. These aren’t your average self-portraits: Burón places hands where her feet should be or multiplies the amount of arms on her body. Her nude self-portraits are alluring yet disturbing; in the face of so many sleek photos of female bodies, they seem especially subversive.
Burón feared the camera since an early age, hiding whenever the occassion called for a family portrait. When she first picked up a camera as a hobby, she challenged herself to take one self-portrait every month. For years, Burón has struggled with the acute pain of feeling “out of place.” The surreal nature of her self-portraits has allowed her to gain some closure.
“For me, it’s like breaking myself apart and putting myself back together in another form,” she says. “It’s like leaving that pain — that I’m understanding now, but I didn’t understand before — in another place.”
For any female photographer, portraying the nude body can be tricky because of the media’s blatant sexualization of the female form. This is nothing new to Burón. “You’d be shocked to read the things that people write to me,” she says. The photograph “Eso sí que no” — which roughly translates to ‘definitely not that’ — was a response to a commentator who asked why she didn’t just take a full-frontal nude showing her most private part.
Buron doesn’t see the images as erotic, but knows that they can be interpreted in a number of ways. Instead, her photographs are a clear statement that she can portray her body as she wishes — and she won’t stop because of a few lewd comments.
“You can wear a V-neck shirt because it’s comfortable, but when you go out on the street, it’s always the usual idiots,” she says. “But what are you going to do, stop wearing V-necks? I’m not going to stop making photos.”
Images of Ángela Buron’s photography on Flickr, courtesy of the artist