All posts tagged: Lo-Lee-Tah

Keeley Bentley: “On the cusp of when a girl is available and when she is not.”

Keeley Bentley, a fine art photographer from Blackpool, takes inspiration from Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema, an essay written in 1975 by Laura Mulvey, a British feminist and film theorist who explores the male gaze and poses the notion that it denies a woman her identity, reducing her to an object to be admired for its desirability. It’s a topic that, 40 years on, still dominates women’s advocacy in the West. “I strongly believe in Laura Mulvey’s male gaze theory,” says Bentley. “In Lo-Lee-Tah, I try to test that theory as much as possible – for both a male and a female spectator.” Lolita, written by Russian-American novelist Vladimir Nabokov, is one of the most infamous and controversial novels of the 20th century – an uncomfortable love story, perhaps, in which Humbert Humbert, a middle-aged professor, becomes obsessed with 12-year-old Dolores Haze (aka Lolita), whom he sets out to possess, both artistically and physically. “Lolita the character treads somewhere on the cusp between childhood and adulthood – a liminal zone that leaves her susceptible to …


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