Noras Project, created by artist Belén L.Yáñez and Architect Cristina Villalonga, has placed images of women and girls within public space, creating a celebration of their contribution to their own communities and to society as a whole.
Each artwork is made through a participatory process, engaging with individual women and girls, starting a conversation about their hopes and approach to personal expression. The ideas within these discussions have been the inspiration for Belén and Cristina to create collages, incorporating photographs of the individuals with other found imagery. The large-scale images were then relocated back within the communities in which the women live.
The project aims to challenge stereotypes and go under the surface of initial visual depiction of the people featured. The women and girls are all revealed through a narrative layering of their image with elements which are important and representative of them, their personalities or lives. The creators have introduced an imaginative perspective onto the depiction of women, making portraits which present the chance to see female bodies as a space to explore and question ideas about female identity.
Each image shows the integrity and depth of the women and girls who participated, providing a series of multifaceted female portraits and, as a series, a snapshot of this important group within our society.