By Marina Solar I Sly&Foxy
Preview: 14th July 6pm – 8:30pm
Desire is a concept that sparks controversy, especially when it comes to sensuality. It has been both normalized and demonized across different cultures, leaving no one indifferent.
When we think of desire, the first image that often comes to mind is something akin to a Playboy cover—a creation meant to sell and cater to a male audience. However, little do we ponder about female desire. What does it mean? Do women perceive desire in the same way society portrays it? As women, we may not always feel “free” to explore this natural aspect of ourselves. We experience
shame as teenagers during our first sexual encounters and concern for our friends when they meet someone online. Society’s perspective on the discovery and exploration of our desire is often rooted in fear.
In this exhibition, “Desire,” I present different women in various situations and scenarios, each interpreting desire in their own unique way—some subtly, others more boldly. These incredible and liberated women have embarked on a journey of self-exploration and sensuality, and I had the privilege of capturing their individual definitions of “desire.” Desire takes countless forms, yet there is
one common thread—it yearns to be fulfilled. Through these portraits, we witness women embracing their bodies and expressing their desires. By using both colour and black-and-white imagery, I aimed to represent scenarios where women felt
deeply connected to their own sense of desirability. Desire is not contingent upon the shape of one’s body, the curves one possesses, or the makeup one wears. It is an attitude—an inner confidence that empowers individuals to reveal their true emotions and express their own unique power. It is about acknowledging and embracing one’s own arousal and seeking to satisfy that emotion.
During the year 2020, I had ample time to reflect on my own desires and my relationships with other women. Over these years, I honed my skills in boudoir photography and contemplated how I wanted to portray women. One thing remained clear in my mind: I wanted them to feel desirable, to become
the protagonists of their own portraits.
Many of the images you are about to witness may contain “explicit” content. However, I strive to present these concepts in a natural way, far removed from our preconceived notions of what desire should look like. Our bodies are the epitome of natural beauty, and the misconceptions surrounding desire only serve to fuel our sense of shame.
I hope this exhibition will be perceived not only as an artistic expression but also as an opportunity for introspection—prompting us to contemplate our own desires and what they truly mean to us.
Location detailsGround Floor
St. Margaret’s House, 151 London Road
Edinburgh EH7 6AE