The eight paired portraits in Project De:code layer the physical, psychological, emotional, geographical, cultural and social elements of the experience of discrimination of women musicians.

Discrimination is the unfair or prejudicial treatment of people based on race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation.

Beyond definitions, discrimination is visually and experientially complex. None of these images are found.
They have been co-created in collaboration with protagonists to make visible individual stories of empowerment and disempowerment.

Within each singular frame, no element exists by chance. Every element carries a symbolic meaning that serves to decode the experience of the protagonist. The aesthetics of the image exist in this project only to serve the function ofretelling the story of the protagonists.

The goal of the project is to make visible not only the pervasiveness of discrimination faced by women musicians but to bring to the fore the reality that it can hide in plain sight, in objects thatseem benign and in places that are deemed in popular imagination to bebastions of liberalism and the arts.

Each pair of images engages in a dialogue within itself and with the show as a whole. The goal of the exhibition is to create two superimposed image maps - one of the physical and emotional experience of discrimination and the other, of the city of Berlin.

©Eva Zanettin