No Soy Calladita provides a platform for expression for Colombian women, shedding light on the intense pressure for the ideal aesthetic and the widespread search for an unattainable perfection. The concerns expressed here resonate beyond the Colombian context, highlighting a shared set of experiences that affect women globally. Colombia has a very specific view on what women should be. The country brags about its “beautiful women” while drug trafficking history, “machismo”, fashion, and advertising further institute this. Constructed through individual, anonymous interviews with Colombian women, this project delves into the raw experiences related to this. It shows the normalization of body preoccupation and obsessive aesthetic pursuit, affecting women’s lives from childhood to adolescence to old age. Physical “collages” were created with everyday objects to abstractly reflect on the themes discussed in the interviews, including plastic surgery, femininity, and beauty.
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