Eylül Aslan “Trompe L’Oeil”


Born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, where she studied French Language and Literature, the photography Artist Eylül Aslan now lives in Vienna, Austria. Her art is breaking taboos and social norms by exploring personal stories around femininity, sexuality, female pleasure and fertility. She released her 3rd photography book Trompe L’Oeil in 2017, in Berlin. The book is about the subjectivity of beauty, through an amazing compilation of body parts, where it is hard to tell if the picture is about a beautiful part or not. For her project she met 20 men through Tinder, asked them what their “most” and “least” beautiful body parts were, and photographed these body parts. Then they answered the same questions about her and she photographed all of her most “liked and disliked” body parts.

Trompe L’Oeil is about the trick of the eye. I was inspired by my curiosity of trying to understand how we perceive beauty. What does beauty/ugliness mean and how does it influence us in an era of constant curation of our presentation online. When I was looking at profiles on Tinder I realised a pattern. People often chose a specific body part they thought would be perceived as beautiful by the public. In such a curated online world, what is left of what is actually real and beautiful about our bodies? And who sets these standards anyway? Is there even one? Beauty is not a currency. How we see ourselves and how we are seen by others vary, because beauty is in the eye of the beholder : Through the eyes of another, every body part may have a different meaning than before…”

Trompe L’Oeil book is available online. Get your copy HERE.

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