Photography: Kelsey Bennett
Inspired by the myth of Persephone, photographer Kelsey Bennett captured artists Panteha Abareshi and Alice Longyu Gao as the “bad girls next door” in their very own Easter story. Touching on themes of rebirth and resurrection, Bennett transformed the holiday into a surrealist feminist fantasy, Rights of Spring. In folklore, Persephone returns in Spring as the “princess of the underworld, carrying the curses of men upon the souls of the dead.” For her series, Bennett fuses the sweet cherubic ease of every Easter Sunday with the dark contradiction of Persephone’s journey. The result is a set of twisted imagery, part Powerpuff, part Blue Velvet.
Through bright colors and an unspoken sense of doom, Bennett creates a powerful juxtaposition that reflects both the beauty of innocence and the bummer of reality. Like all of her work, Rights of Spring harnesses the power of femininity to deliver photos as subversive as they are stunning.
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