Czech photographer Dita Pepe uses self-portrait photography to explore ideas of how personal identity can seem to change dramatically in relationship to the other people in our lives, and the surrounding circumstances.
In this series, she stages "what-if" scenarios, where she portrays herself in various guises while posing as a wife or partner of men from many different walks of life. Each photograph is made in each man's typical real-life surroundings, and often with his children (sometimes including her own real-life daughter in the mix).
We've seen this kind of self transformation in the work of Cindy Sherman, of course, but this is less polished, with a snapshot aesthetic that makes each feel casual and funky and somehow more believable.
Not surprisingly, her university thesis was titled, "Photography as a form of therapy".
— Jim Casper
"I brought a key (the camera), opened the door to the secret passage (the mirror), woke up my mythical archetypes, and lured them out into the world."
To spend a day with Aunt Sara, a lively 90-year-old, is to live in a timeless tale that repeats (with slight variation): each hour has an habit, a light, an object, a movement, a sound.
A conceptual exploration into many facets of human identity using notions of time, accumulation, memory and distance — based on personal correspondences with men serving life and death-row sentences in maximum security prisons in the USA.
’s super-saturated staged color photographs sometimes test the limits of conceptual whimsy, while her hand-written texts alter between insight and syrupy solipsism.