The World Needs a Superhero

PrizeOfficial Selection in Shoot (photo/video)
ArtistDiana Cheren Nygren
CreditI Believe I Can Fly, 2021, Diana Cheren Nygren
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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 relationship of people to their physical environment and landscape as a setting for human activity. Her photographs address serious social questions through a blend of documentary practice, invention, and humor. Her work as a photographer is the culmination of a life-long investment in the power of art and visual culture to shape and influence social change.