'Define Deity: The Modern Day Goddess' / Uma Christensen, Celeste de Clario & Sylva England
Define Deity: The Modern-Day Goddess is a concept-based photo project that hopes to create a platform for women to connect and feel empowered - just as they exist.
What defines a deity today? Looking at previous depictions of goddesses, Define Deity: The Modern-Day Goddess aims to reinterpret and create contemporary iconography that celebrates women as individuals.
In early July this year, Uma Christensen, Sylva Storm and Celeste De Clario came together to create this project with a group of 10 women. During the time spent together, both an interview and photographs were conducted. The interview, curated by the idea of the 'goddess', cultivated a conversation around each individual’s experience with the word. Sparking a plethora of diverse meanings associated with the common use of 'Goddess'. Some of which included both the celebration and rejection of the word.
"The act of working together, dedicating a weekend to question and connect in such an intimate gentle space was both empowering for the subjects and also for us."
The interview was accompanied by a photo shoot, unique to each person.
“We have depicted these subjects with an ethereal idealism in mind and a level of fantasy, our vision and theirs included.”
300 photographs later 19 were picked to be exhibited at LowKey bar on High St in Northcote. Define Deity: The Modern-Day Goddess hopes to celebrate and describe the divine feminine as believing in each other and ourselves, simply as we are.