Niluh Barendt’s visual style is a mix of portrait and fashion photography influenced by her multi-cultural background. Her work plays heavily on the notions of identity, self and the conception and fluidity of feminsm and masculinity.
Niluh Barendt was born and raised in Bali, Indonesia - an island known for its beauty and complexity as well as the strength, power and fierceness of the Balinese culture.
At the age of 22, Niluh studied communication design at Peter Behrens School of Arts in Düsseldorf and decided to focus on photography.
Niluh Barendt is currently based between Cologne and Berlin, Germany.
1. Itchy Hearts
To survive in a patriarchal system, many Indonesian women must endure the daily fight against discrimination, gender inequality and classism.
In a Land where tradition has almost more importance than education, many Balinese women are forced to carry the weight of their families and communities alone through tireless labor. One could almost say that the subordination of the sexes is considered normal.
Early this year I visited Bali, and used photography as a window to visually document the everyday life of a Balinese woman in a man orientated world.