Jen Kiaba Photography | Fine Art

My work is about the loss of feminine agency that occurred in my youth growing up in the infamous Unification Church, a religious group referred to by popular media as a primary example of a cult, and its resulting internal landscape.

My most recent body of work, “Burdens of a White Dress,” is a set of surreal self portraits that reflect being born in a fringe religious movement. The project’s title refers to the emphasis placed on a woman’s role in my childhood. A woman’s value was intrinsically tied to her purity and virginity; after marriage that value shifted into the realm of motherhood.

By using a square format and a stark palette, violently splashed with red, I explore the concepts of shame, of evil, of wantonness, and of the blood of womanhood, birth and death.

Because this was my own personal journey of leaving a repressive religious environment, I often use myself as a model. My body is then contorted or manipulated to demonstrate the internal effects of the struggle that it is to free one’s mind from a controlling belief system, and to demonstrate the repressed place that femininity had in my world.

My further writings can be found on The Hairpin, The Huffington Post & Conscious Living TV.

All of the images found in this gallery are available as limited edition, signed, and numbered museum-quality prints on fine art paper.

Prices of prints in this gallery start at $375 and are subject to change as an edition sells out.

Shipping is not included in the pricing and is available internationally.

Prints do not come framed unless requested.

Edition Information
Editions of 25 — 10" x 10"
Editions of 15 — 20" x 20"
Editions of 10 — 30" x 30"

Larger prints can be made available by special request.
A blindfolded woman in a wedding dress hangs upside down tied in red and white rope.A woman with a veiled bird cage as a head, holds her own head in a cage in her lap.At the HelmThe AerialistA woman in a veil and bloody wedding dress peers out from bloody bandages wrapped on her face.A blindfolded woman with six arms in a white ruffled dress stands trapped by blood red spider webs.A veiled woman in a white dress runs as she tries to cut her hair out of a bird cage tangled on top of her head.A woman in a white dress removes the white mask that she wears and attempts to wipe red lipstick from her face as she smears it across her face.A woman dressed in white holds a knife and applies lipstick to the white mask she wears.A blindfolded woman in a white dress uses a steel knife sharpener to sharpen her tongue as blood runs down her chin, chest and arms.An anonymous woman in white stands with a razor blade in her hand, behind a head that is opened revealing a jumble of red wires."The Penitent Ones" Fine Art Photography by Jen KiabaA woman wrapped in a red cloth cocoon hangs in traction.A woman with long brown hair lies swaddled and tied up in a bright red cloth.