Oliver Dawson

The Performance of Gender


The Performance of Gender' is a series of images in which I venture into my ambiguous view of gender and sexuality and highlight the powerful role photography can play in normalising ancient clichés. What we do, what we wear and how we look is a performance curated by society over thousands of years, it is fiction and we are all the authors. Judith Butler stated, ‘Masculine and feminine roles are not biologically fixed but socially constructed’ so we should ask ourselves, are we truly free if we are still following the outdated rules of gender identity?