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An explorative foray into men and their vulnerabilities

Chaitali Wasnik

"Chai Wasnik’s portrait series is an exploration into the vulnerability of men. The reality of sheer nakedness exposes us to be more vulnerable and opens us up to the idea of being comfortable in our own skin, diving into the depths of one's vulnerability and emotion. With vulnerability being an emotion or feeling that is traditionally considered ‚unmanly‘, addressing insecurity still is an issue for men today, with toxic masculinity still popping up from time to time judging the masculine. Despite this, many more men these days are able to make out the difference and are in a transitional phase where they can decide more freely which ideologies and values to carry forward to the next generation and which not. Bringing forth those men among us was the inspiration to work on this project."

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Chaitali Wasnik

Just an overthinking free spirit photographer, who likes to work on concepts that connect to the depths of things, places and people and makes me wonder why they are the way they are?

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

I am more of a “one day at a time” person, so I would rather focus on the particular moment.

What was the most challenging experience during your studies?

To work on my projects from home and to find ideas and motivation to bring out the concept within four walls.

Who or what inspires you?

I am inspired by a lot of artists including Francesca Woodman, Lauren Simonutti, Roger Ballen, and various others. The depth of their work really connects with me and pushes me to create art like that. Self-portraits have been one of the great inspirations and served as a door to understand my own depth and create artwork that speaks to my soul.

How do you approach a new project?

For me, it's all about experimentation. Conceptualizing and planning first does not function well for me personally, so I keep shooting and thinking of new ways to portray and bring out the basic idea of the concept I have in mind.

What advice would you give to students who just started studying in your programme?

You'll learn a lot of new things and new artists and you'll find your path about what style you want to pursue. Just keep experimenting!

Have you changed during your studies? How?

Actually a lot. Meeting people from different cultures and learning their ideas of how they perceive concepts and art is quite amazing, a lot of inspirations and critique did help me in improving my projects.

Why did you choose to study in your programme?

It sounded interesting and more focused on photography than fine art section. Especially after talking to professors during the interview, I was excited about learning more and seeing the side of photography I would've never learned by myself.

What are you not going to miss in your studies?

Studying online and sitting at home with no motivation to be creative.

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