Education: University of West of England (MA Photography)
Manon Ouimet is a London-based photographer. In 2019 she received a distinction for an MA in Photography at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Manon engages with notions of identity and the therapeutic values photography can offer, posing difficult yet essential questions regarding body image and visual representation. Her work advocates understanding and compassion while inspiring self-confidence and positivity with the individuals with whom she collaborates. Manon’s work is born from desiring to learn human stories and to celebrate each individual that she photographs.
About the work
‘ALTERED’ is a series that aims to encourage inclusion. It focuses on individuals who have unwillingly embarked on life-changing body alterations due to illness, war, accidents and violence. It illuminates people who often feel marginalised and contributes to conversations about equality and diversity. Combining a classic aesthetic with a humanist focus, the work asks the viewer to explore themselves through the prism of others. The process also aims to encourage the sitters to increase their confidence and offer a path to reclaim their identity, employing the practice of the ‘therapeutic gaze’ whereby the artistic process can take its participants on an emotional journey of self-discovery.