In this era where the rise of the selfie has superceded the self-portrait, Italian photographer Cristina Coral explores what we allow or do not allow ourselves to be and what we’re willing to show and reveal to the world. In her series The Other Part of Me, we see figures of women merge into the cluttered textiles around them. Coral constructs these scenes, as she states, “to reflect on the dichotomy between good and evil and realism and idealism”.
These faceless portraits leave room for interpretation as emotions and stories on the woman’s faces are out of sight. The human presence only seen through lonely body parts gives the series a taste of fiction and draws the viewer into a surreal dream. Because of this mystification, the unseen part cannot be shared, liked or commented on. The result calls into question the control we have about one’s body and self-image.