Taking inspiration from the film noir of the 1940s, "Murder, My Sweet" explores the complex emotions of jealousy and insecurity. These emotions stem from deep-seated fears and negative self-perceptions.
Jealousy is an emotion that is linked with a lack of self-esteem. It is often driven by a feeling of inadequacy and fear of losing something in our lives, whether it be attention, affection, or love. Jealousy can be one of the ultimate forms of self-sabotage, as we see reality through our own distorted lens.
In my story, my character Diana becomes her own worst enemy, pitted against an imaginary, more seductive, confident, and attractive woman: the one wearing an anklet.
The films noir of the 1940s reflected the disillusionment felt in the country, particularly by soldiers returning home and women losing their jobs at the end of the war. In parallel, this story also deals with the fear of losing something that is very precious to us.
Elisa Miller's body of work, "The Other", poses questions of identity and invites us to consider the limited possibilities of expressing one's true self. Limitations that we can feel due to society, our domestic situation, or even us. The modern world is still a difficult place for women, alas.
Taking inspiration from the famous quote of French author Jean-Paul Sartre "Hell is other people", these staged photos explore our self-limiting beliefs and our desire to fit in, and the gap between our true selves and what we are expected to be.
Miller invites us to imagine what it might feel like if we were able to express freely without fear of judgment or condemnation, to look beyond the boundaries we've set for ourselves and have the courage to become who we really are.
What if hell isn't actually other people - but the things we do to ourselves?