During periods of gender dysphoria, I would reject all things that are seen as traditionally “feminine,” like makeup, because I was afraid people wouldn’t take my non-binary identity seriously. But that also implies a super cis-hetero definition of makeup, that it’s something exclusively used by women to make themselves appear more attractive to men. And that’s not how makeup should be defined.
A lot of my work dives into magical realism as a way to explore power dynamics and this piece is no exception... Representation is really important to me and it’s very limited in theatre—I aim to create complex queer characters who challenge us as an audience to be better.
Inspired by a blend of masculinity and femininity, Laurence Philomène's photography amplifies the fluidity found in gender. As they take inspiration from My Chemical Romance to their close friendships, their work becomes more and more autobiographical. Take a look through a small lens to discover a large world of Laurence's beauty.