imelda by steve tirona

In light of yesterday's post, I had to feature these photographs of Imelda by a cousin in Manila, Steve Tirona. I first discovered these images at Pulse Contemporary Art Fair NYC last year. They caught my eye because they were such curious portraits of Imelda. Then I realized a cousin was the photographer. The photos became even more interesting when I found out Imelda Marcos herself commissioned them (in 2006). It says a lot about the way she sees herself. A kind of larger than life character, definitely treading onto absurd territory –high heels et al – which she's clearly comfortable in.

Steve Tirona is represented by Silverlens Gallery.

Imelda Collection 5

Imelda Collection 2

Imelda Collection 4

Imelda Collection 1