TIFA 2022 Fine Art / Collage

The World Needs A Superhero

  • Prize
    Gold in Fine Art/Collage
  • Photographer
    Diana Cheren Nygren
  • Photo Date

In this work, I transform images of my children into superheroes. I have placed them in landscapes that foreshadow a desolate urban future. For many adults, the world now feels out of control. This work explores the idea that children, with their ability to continue to hope and dream, to use their imaginations to embrace the world and possibility, are the superheroes society needs to grapple with the challenges in front of us. But it also depicts a mother's concern for her children. In their ultimate vulnerability and helplessness, they embody the anxiety of a society on the brink.

Diana Cheren Nygren is a fine art photographer from Boston, Massachusetts. Her work explores the visual character of place defined through physical environment and weather. Place has implications for our experience of the world, and reveals hints about the culture around it. Diana was trained as an art historian with a focus on modern and contemporary art, and the relationship of artistic production to its socio-political context. Her emphasis on careful composition in her photographic work, as well as her subject matter, reflects this training.