Honest Makeup Tutorial for Millenials
Freger is increasingly concerned about the intersection of technology and the body. Cellphones and social media allow us to curate unique images of ourselves and share them with others. In her short experimental film, Honest Makeup Tutorial For Millennials, Freger explores how women’s bodies are presented and received on the internet and within social media. Although social media gives us the illusion of choice, it often ends up reinforcing traditional ideas of beauty and femininity. Freger asks the question: Does it matter that a woman took this photo? Why does it matter if it looks just like images that have been taken by men for hundreds of years?
Halley Freger is a senior at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. Attending a liberal arts college has afforded her the opportunity to explore the synergy found at the junction of art, performance, and technology. She has completed courses in computer science, theatre, studio art, and film theory, building on her interest in integrating art and digital image making.
As a studio art major, she utilizes video performance and new technologies to push boundaries of representation and trouble the gaze, engaging viewers through rich imagery. She is predominantly concerned with perceptions and representations of the marginalized, especially young women. In many of her pieces, she re-contextualizes her own body from an object to be seen, to a tool capable of creating and occupying space. She finds that film is the most effective art medium to do this difficult work. As an artist and technophile, she is intrigued by the accessibility of film and its ability to suture viewers into unique perspectives.l”.