Wonder Woman As An Anti-Heroine Through The Lens Of Susanne Middelberg

Justin Gray tweeted an image that he had found and wasn’t sure what it was. Neil Kleid knew the answer.

 

 

012_wonderwoman_wasThe image is from a photoshoot by Susanne Middelberg as part of a photo exhibition on a fence around the Brooklyn Bridge. In the piece Middelberg used herself and her family as the models. She wrote this for the exhibits website:

In the Wonderwoman series, I photograph the comic heroine as an anti-heroine. I place her in human situations where you would never find a super-hero, with a slight sense of (self) irony and melancholy. You can see her on the toilet; lonesome in a garret eating a cupcake; crying; as a mother bathing her daughter; anxiously cycling through the forest; cleaning with rubber gloves; full of passion or melancholy; having cravings for pickles during pregnancy; all of this in recognizable or unrecognizable everyday family situations.

Middelberg refers to this as making Wonder Woman an anti-heroine, but what I see here is more of an examination of the life that exists behind the facades. That no matter how we appear to the outside world, we are all dealing with the same turmoils of life and death. And at times it takes a heroic effort just to move forward. Then again, maybe I’m reading too much into it.

You can see the results of her 2011 photoshoot here.

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