MirAr-te (Look at yourself)
MirAr-te "Look at yourself" portrays women who fight against the breast cancer. This project pretends to bring Photography to these women who pass through the process of discovery and treatment of breast cancer, and to study the impact of pictures on the process. These women suffer radical changes in their image, understanding that their body image is a mental image of how they see themselves, of their liking –or not- to see themselves, of how they appear to others, of their bodies’ memories.
With the images took shape an imperceptible reality, the one which is between the self-image (held in memory) and the photo as a concrete element of reality.
The disease itself leads to a secrecy that encapsulates their body image in their memory.
We try two things: to capture the time that the self does not have to accompany the incredible speed with which the body changes occur, and to decrease the distance between the self-image and the one seen in the photo.
Will the picture succeed to combine the pieces of one corporal reality?
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Karina is one of the 50 best emerging photographers for 2015, as voted by the eight-member international jury for the LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2015. The project MirAr-te has been selected for the “Paraty em Foco 2015”, most important photography festival in Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro. She got twice the Mention with Honours in the contest "Singular and plural Feminine Universe" in 2014 and 2015, City Council Camaçari, Bahía, Brazil. Gold medal in the “Press” category and silver medal in the “Portraits” category in the annual contest PX3 - Paris Photography Prize 2014. Solo Exhibition in the multi-installation Rosa Valente (Brave rose), selection of videos and 46 pictures were exposed. Photos of more than 500 persons who came at the booth were taken. Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2013, Sesc Bom Retiro, São Paulo, Brazil.