Art series by Alejandra Bela

I am Alejandra Bela, a 23-year-old artist and image maker. The camera has become my refuge; a way I have gotten to know myself better and give voice and words to what I did not previously understand about myself, my body, and my femininity.

Red is a photographic and poetic project where I explore the color that represents my femininity. I associate red with being a woman, with being alive. Red is strength, intensity, brightness; it is the fierceness I feel as a woman. It is the color of my fight. The shade of my condition. It is diverse, just like me. I can feel the red in my core; see it on my blushy cheeks. I paint my lips carmine, as well as my hips. I live in red-like moments.

I created this series to express all these emotions that I identify with the color red, and in the process, I realized that the images not only express my experience as a woman, but also what many others experience as well. This process caused me to develop a new understanding of the color that is usually associated with sensuality, sexuality, and danger; to explore its other shades, which allowed me to empower myself and other women who found themselves in the pictures, in the color.


Alejandra Bela

Keep up with Alejandra’s photography on her website and Instagram.

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