Ina Jang is a South Korean photographer currently residing in New York City. Her creative method uses layers of physical and digital cut-outs, and incorporates collage, paper, and sketches to create playful images. Jang’s latest series, Utopia, speaks directly to the viewer about perceptions of women. Using a colorful, minimalist style with attention to the composition and the poses of the figures, Utopia allows viewers to project their own feelings and attitudes towards femininity onto the images.
Jang tells us more about the series: “Years of image making made me curious about the dynamics between the subject and the image maker. Often, female figures are portrayed as a submissive subject in the original source. They evoke a range of playfulness, shyness, seduction and promiscuity. Bright colors, metaphorical shapes, and the anonymity in my reinterpretation can open a different conversation with the viewers beyond the original source material. Regardless of whether the viewers are familiar with the source or not, I hope viewers could build their own stories and measure their own relationships with female figures in our visual culture.”