This photograph explores the archetypal father-daughter relationship in the context of the artist's memories of her bodybuilder dad in Tomaszw Mazowiecki, Poland. The composition, like so many by the artist, creates layers of possible meaning, drawing the viewer into a beautiful, compelling and even unnerving world. This work is part of Bartos’ series Family Portrait where the artist poses with her speedo-wearing father in their homeland to evoke a dreamscape of memories. These works re-enact fleeting moments while alluding to the joy, uninhibitedness, rebellion and complexity inherent in a daughter's coming-of-age.
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Aneta Bartos’ photography blurs physical and imagined worlds, capturing the surreal space between memory and fiction. Her work frequently reimagines how both figures and desire are represented, exploring the rebellious act of a body becoming self-aware and enjoying its own sexuality. Bartos frequently depicts her subjects in uninhibited poses inside fantastical dreamscapes.