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Birthday Girl challenges the perception of femininity represented in a photograph from Vicky Hodgson’s family album. The original photograph, taken by her father on his Box Brownie camera, shows her posing in her garden against a backdrop of roses. Wearing a party dress and a large bow in her hair, she stands awkwardly with her hands clasped in front of her body, looking the epitome of femininity. Birthday Girl, presents a performance that rebels against this notion of femininity as Hodgson is portrayed with vivid blue hair and eyebrows, shows disgust at wearing a bow in her hair and defiantly smokes a cigarette. An image from this series won first place in the Gender and Gesture photography competition organised by Woxsen University, India.

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