Relating women and animals to one another, Rachel Graves's creative self-portrait series 'Menagerie' is shocking and naively sweet and sad at the same time.
The UK-based photographer uses herself as a model to make the link between women and animals when it comes to "domination and exploitation" in her stirring and creative self-portrait series. The photographer turns herself into a fox, bitch, bird and lamb. Grave chose these specific domestic and game animals, because when women are objectified, they are associated with these animals.
These portraits created by Grave are meant to show the objectification of women and animals that she says ranges from "the mass media fantasy images of impossibly proportioned women and happy cartoon cows and chickens, to the animal names and insults directed toward women."
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