What is Fear Artists

Marija Šabanović

Born and raised in Niš, Serbia, lives and works in Vienna since 2012.

“My work is focused on bodies, identities, and people’s narratives. It is strongly influenced by intersectional feminist thought and many years of queer activism. My tool is a digital camera, and portraiture is the medium through which I approach my subjects. The motivation to take a portrait – whether of myself or other people – stems, not only from my fascination with bodies, but includes everything that surrounds and interacts with them: colours, light, objects; for that reason, I often use 35 mm lens. Portraiture is my way of confronting social norms and their effects on our mental and physical wellbeing – it´s a method that allows for the expression of struggle, as much as pride and rebellion. For me, the act of taking a portrait is a process of connecting empathetically to the person I photograph. This connection is the basis for what is encaptured in the portrait.”

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