Supervenus by Frédéric Doazan
Words by Sophie Elliott
Supervenus was entered into the Brussels Short Film Festival and has since been making its way around the internet. It begins with an image of a cisgender woman in a French anatomy book. A faceless surgeon then begins altering the image, beginning with superficial changes, like the removal of body hair, and continuing on until the actions are gory, grotesque, and extreme - ultimately destroying the illustration.
From pulling out ribs in order to achieve that perfect - but physically unattainable - hourglass figure, to repeatedly sucking out fat from every part of the body and amending the shape of the breasts not once but twice, the video seeks to depict the unrealistic and ultimately fatal beauty expectations enforced on women in society today. Doazan does this by forcing the audience to observe the gruesome mutilation of what is, to begin with, a totally average body. Graphic and gory, the video makes the viewer think objectively about the act taking place, how it reflects their own negative thinking, and the pressure that extreme beauty ideals have on our society. The idea of a “Supervenus” is one of unachievable beauty. But it’s one that women across the globe strive for every day.
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