Caitlin Albritton

Region: South


City / State: Tampa, FL

The gym is a place where everyday antics—sexuality, competitiveness (within and between the sexes), ego, and primal behaviors—are amplified in a stagelike environment where there is a hyperawareness of bodies in a public space. Engaging the politics of looking through both male and female gazes, we sneak glimpses of others in mirrors and through makeshift windows in gym equipment.

Instead of idealizing the body, I’m interested in exemplifying its strangeness, as well as the peculiarity of certain gym exercises and the awkward, compromising, sometimes sexual positions they put people in.

Most people have entered a gym at least once in their lives, or have goals to promote their own health and live longer, happier lives. Telling gym stories through serious yet comical visual narratives, I hope to bring up conversation about gender issues, body politics and trends, competition, and the propaganda of progress in other spheres of our lives.