In Distort the Body, gender norms are questioned. This on the basis of costumes designed by the Swedish Linnea Mattei. These costumes are an absurd magnification of the typically feminine and masculine characteristics.
Giant breasts, a small waist for the woman, and broad shoulders, and overdeveloped calves for the man. Expanding these outward features reveals societal expectations and their limitations. Jansens and Geens research the physical limitations of this borrowed body.
How does a tight pencil skirt or a disproportionate bosom influence a handstand or walkover, but also the daily activities of a woman? How wide should one run so that the prosthetic “men's calves” don't rub against each other? What happens if you start messing with the standards? If you put things in a different perspective? If you exhibit yourself as a person?
Searching, wondering if I feel comfortable in this borrowed body. Am I an animal? Do I come from Mars? Maybe I'm a superhero! Or just plain human.