Melanie Stegemann

Ideal - Same kind different shape

These photos were inspired by a project I started on a residency in China in 2015. Please click here to find out.

I was lucky to run into an elder named Mooks of the Kuku Nyungkul tribe while I was traveling through Australia in 2015. We became friends and started to work on several projects together. When I visited again in 2016 and told him about the IDEAL series, he put an Aboriginal version on me. But since Aboriginal culture is so deeply rooted, getting painted up doesn't simply serve as an idea of beauty. It is always reasonable, meaningful and comes with a ritual. Kopie 2_web.jpg Kopie_web.jpg Kopie 2_web.jpg