Utopia: Portraying the dreams of girls through alternative history

My name is Maren Klemp and I am a fine art photographer living and working in Oslo, Norway. A while back you featured my project «Between Intervals». Since then I have been working on a new project that I would like to show you. The project is called «Utopia» and it is about gender equality, which is an important theme in today’s society. Growing up in the 1990’s I never experienced limitations because of my gender. I took it for granted that I could be whatever I wanted to be. It was not until I got older that I realized that I actually do not have the same possibilities as men. This realization made me aware of the women of the past and their limited rights and possibilities.I wanted to explore this topic further and created a series of images portraying the dreams of young girls throughout an alternative history. With this project I have created an utopia where male dominance does not exist and women have the exact same opportunities as men. What kind of hopes would young girls have for their future in such a world? The images portrays a young girl imagining herself in occupations that were typically male dominated in the earlier days. The images have an painterly and timeless quality to them, and portray the different occupations in a playful and childlike way. I created this series together with my 7 year old daughter, and it has been an educational experience for her. We talked about how women have been, and still are treated different than men. We brainstormed ideas together and she is the model in all of the images.