What do we really think? What are we putting into our work that really hits a nerve with us? Are we even using the medium to solve our biggest desires and concerns? In a medium where we can do absolutely anything, within legitimate reason, we have to ask ourselves if we are really going to extra mile with photography. Are we pushing it, but most importantly, are we pushing our burning issues?
The personality of the photographer is the catalyst for their photographic work. They are the work, and the medium they use merely facilitates what they think, see and believe. A Hyena in a Petticoat conjures up feelings that are rising to the surface in current politics and feminist topics. Now, feminism is something I know very little about and I am not going to pretend that I do. Hannah's photo-collages speak for themselves. I get the feeling they have been brewing for some time as I notice different things that she does with her work, you can see the evolution of an artist not restricted to traditional photographic structure. With these collages the shackles are off. But, she is not being rude or irritating with these statements. They are personal to her thought process yet speak about the current issues within women's role in society. As a man these are things I have taken for granted and have not even considered them.
If we think about the role of women in modern society it has evolved considerably but is in no way there. There are still a lot of instances of discrimination, mostly subtle discrimination. If we think about the role women have in society it has been rethought and rethought again until we have a very strange divide between what is expected and what actually happens. The traditional role women undertook has been shattered marking progress. It is through efforts of the people within political structures, everyday life and artistic circles that opinion is changing and our ideas are evolving about equality.
Having known Hannah's work for sometime, it is interesting to see her change in approach. She has a different feeling now - assured in her actions. As her evolution as a person continues so does the work. It is the natural evolution of the artist.
'Tamponphobia' is just one of the terms mentioned that create unconventional thought towards our general blindness to the everyday things women go through. It is a powerful statement and together they make us consider what is happening. They work on an aesthetic level, drawing us in but most importantly on a critical level. For she is a Hyena in a Petticoat, saying 'jog on' to gender expectations and giving us all something to think about without shouting directly at us. She is shouting at the situation instead.