The surreal pictures in the Janaina Tschape portrait series are sad and bizarre, portraying depression as a physical mass that is carried around with the individual.
Practically weightless, bulging balloons are the perfect symbolism for emotional baggage as it doesn't have a physical weight but it still has a huge impact on a person. Anyone with some life experience will be able to understand the feeling of suffocation and being held back due to stress or general unhappiness. The balloons are stripped away of their normal cheery brightness, leaving only dull, lifeless orbs that seem to take over the portrait.
Janaina Tschape uses her surreal pictures as a metaphor for the oppression of women in society.