As we transition in to adulthood, we are marketed heterogeneous roles, which target our sexed body, to perform narratives of “maleness” or “femaleness.” In her series, What do I Want to be When I Grow Up2? (WDIWTBWIGU),Lesia Miga explores gender, roles and identity through clothing and portraiture. Lesia uses items pulled from her mother’s and stepfather’s wardrobes to question the roles that have been assigned to her as a female, and to challenge perceptions of femininity. She plays with the expectations that come with the body, and the notion that though gender is a psychological phenomenon that is enacted and reenacted physically through the body and portraiture.
Parents are traditionally the first role models of how gender and identity should be enacted in society. Lesia uses this clothing to explore her own identity in relation to the binary ways in which her parents reproduce their own gendered identities.