Graphic with an image of an apple being eaten by a bee, and the words 'YOUR BODY BELONGS TO YOU' in white in the centre

© Marisol Mendez

Showcasing almost 100 photographers, and over 200 images, YOUR BODY BELONGS TO YOU brings together women and non-binary photographers from around the world in a selected exhibition and promotes the future of photography through diverse and creative imagery. The outdoor exhibition site is in the centre of St Gilles Croix de Vie, an area that attracts thousands of visitors day and night throughout the seasons, making the exhibition accessible to all.

This will be the fourth year Shutter Hub has showcased photography in St Gilles Croix de Vie, starting back in 2018 when we created ‘Because We Can!’ (because we could), a group exhibition showcasing almost 70 women photographers from around the world. In 2019 we created the main exhibition for Festival Pil’Ours 4th Edition, ‘Time to Think’, showcasing 145 women photographers from across 15 countries. In 2020, due to travel restrictions, ‘Time to Think’ had an encore and was revisited by thousands of people in the area.

Now, in 2022, we’re returning with this new exhibition, Your Body Belongs to You, co-curated by Karen Harvey (Shutter Hub Creative Director) and Marisol Mendez (Shutter Hub member and photographer of MADRE), and hosted by Joséphine Leroux at Les Alizes.

The exhibition runs from 18 April 2022 – 28 February 2023.


Photograph of a double bed that has been slept in with pyjamas abandoned on the pillow and white light coming in through a window on the right hand side.

© Ellie Laycock

Photograph of a braid of brown hair resting next to a comb full of gray hairs on a bathroom sink countertop..

© Brittany Severance

The selected photographers exhibiting in ‘Your Body Belongs to You’ are:

Alice Castiglione, Anastasia Evdokimova, Anne Kalliola, Anneleen Lindsay, Adriana G Torres, Amanda Eatwell, Anna Laura Festa, Brittany Severance, Carli Adby-Notley, Chris Byrnes, Clair Robins, Claire French, Clare Thomas, Caroline Fraser, Charlotte Roger, Clare Park, Deb Leal, Dee Lister, Dayana Sharon Marconi, Diana Serban, Ekaterina Denisova, Elizabeth Brown, Elizabeth Woodger, Ellie Laycock, Eva Marschan-Hayes, Ella McManus, Emily Cannell, Ezgi Guler, Gemma Taylor, HeardinLondon, Heshani Sothiraj Eddleston, Hanne Castein, Irina Gryaznova, Jacqueline Ennis Cole, Jasmine de Silva, Jasmin Murray, Jaime Aelavanthara, Janet Lees, Jayne Lloyd, Jessica Burko, Jo Stapleton, Jocelyn Allen, Karen Harvey, Kathleen Bishop, Kathryn McGeary, Kerry Curl, Kerstin Niemoeller, Kimberly Poppe, Kirra Kimbrell, Lorna Campbell, Lydia Panas, Madeleine Waller, Marianne van Loo, Megan Bent, Mara Magyarosi-Laytner, Marina Anotoniou, Marisol Mendez, Molly Caenwyn, Naomi James, Nicola Gunwhy, Nuala Mahon, Nikki Goldup, Nina Maria Allmoslechner, Paloma Tendero, Parvathi Kumar, Phillipa Bloom, Rachel Nixon, Rachel Rimell, Radegonda Brode, Rosita McKenzie, Sandy Miles, Sara Hannant, Silvia Gentili, Susana de Dios, Sarah Callow, Sarah Ketelaars, Sonia Levesque, Sophie Ellen, Susan Bittker, Tiina Burton,Tanya McGeever, Tineke Montague, Tracey Sharpe, Vin Sharma, Zara Carpenter, Z White, Zula Rabikowska.


Very shallow focus on standing toddler's toes, surrounded by toys and carpet but they are all blurred

© Anneleen Lindsay

A photograph of a woman holding a plate with bananas and oranges in a pale blazer. In the background there are scarves of different colours.

© Zula Rabikowska

Photograph of a naked women in a plank position holding herself with her face on an orange buoy and tiptoes.

© Silvia Gentili

We’re all bodies; bodies that grow, bodies that change, bodies that age. It is through our bodies that we experience pleasure, pain, hate, love, and all the array of sensations that make up life.

Throughout history, however, feminine bodies in particular have been treated like objects to be displayed. Their bodies censored, enhanced, fetishised, desired, judged. They seem to be there to feed a capricious appetite, not to have one of their own.

The theme is broadly construed without any photographic genre restrictions as we are interested in all possible creative photographic interpretations of the theme.

Photography has a long history of reinforcing problematic or false narratives. It’s still a field where we have to raise questions about dynamics of power and the gaze. But photography can also be a tool of empowerment. That’s the driving force behind our theme ‘Your Body Belongs to You’. Photography as a way to reclaim our bodies, share more nuanced stories about the feminine experience and challenge the status quo.




Les Alizes (outside)
Boulevard de l’Égalité
Saint Gilles Croix de Vie

18 April 2022 – 28 February 2023

Exhibition open 24/7

Exhibition curated by: Karen Harvey and Marisol Mendez
Exhibition designed by: Tim Jukes



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