There is a shift in how women are photographed in recent times. Amy Limor is a Nigerian photographer and filmmaker collaborating with like-minded artists to challenge the portrayal of females in photography and film. Women have always been placed squarely at the centre of a universe as object of desire or male gaze.
In her photo series, Dream Girl, Amy Limor challenges the representation of girls in Nigeria, especially Northern Nigeria, which is a deeply conservative society. Limor presents a girlish and undisturbed state of mind in Dream Girl, staging the muse, Neno Wada as both challenging and bold.
Wada’s selection for this series is due to her willingness to stand up to stereotypes and hold on to her femininity. Her physical transformation by Phugo stylist, Ugonna Nwaka confronts the narrow perspectives that stood in the ways of girls from Northern Nigeria, where she is from.
Dream Girl is replete with the beliefs of the muse: Her belief that she owns herself; her femininity; that she does not need to explain her female-ness or be apologetic of it.
“We want to capture through these images the effects of the current economy of Nigeria and how people need to cultivate habits that promote calmness and positivity regardless of the upheaval in the nation. We must survive regardless of the surrounding tension. The horses are strength and resilience, a friend in a conflicted world, one who understands and appreciates her differences.” Limor said of Dream Girl.
See the photos below:
Photographer — Amy Limor @amygoesthere
Stylist — Ugonna Nwaka, PHUGO @ugonna_
Makeup Artist — MAKETOPIA @maketopiaofficiel
This post has been updated to reflect new details and new additions have also been made to the photographs in the series.