photoSCHWEIZ 2021
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Matthieu Croizier

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This project investigates the concept of ordinary monstrosity, unravelling the boundaries between what is thought of as normal and abnormal. It’s fascinating how we hold on to binary ideas of beauty, actively distinguishing between what is normal and abnormal, sick and healthy, beautiful and ugly. I wanted to blur these ideas with this work, to show that monstrosity exists within us all. Through self-representation, I seek to fabricate monstrosity out of simple things surrounding me, to embrace it rather than to reject it. I have always identified with freaks, feeling othered by my queerness, and this idea of claiming my own monstrosity really helped me become who I am. This project is a love letter to the abnormal, a renunciation of being normal. I try to deconstruct normative representations of the body. How can a body free itself from the norms that constrain it? The photographs depict an extraordinary act of metamorphosis, where fragments are melded together to create something new. Despite the spectacular aesthetics of the images, it is just a show of banalities and the monstrosity, which seems disturbing at first, ends up revealing its own construction.