This collection looks at the role of gender in society. Primarily focussed on the role of women, this work aims to give an insight into areas of society where the role of gender is still a challenge and many fight for basic rights and the right to freely express their identity. Gender is often defined as a social term that refers to social and cultural differences entwined within the feminine and masculine. As this collection develops it will look at the fundamentals of gender and cover areas of gender identity that travel across the historically set narratives around the roles of men and women.
Soldier - Women in the British Army
The debate on female soldiers on the front line continues with the potential announcement by the UK Ministry of Defence on the review into women in combat roles within the British Army. But women have been in front line roles in contemporary conflicts, including Iraq and Afghanistan for the past ten years. Traditional mind sets and a history of sexism and inequality have plagued the Armed Forces for many years. When the media breaks a story about women in uniform there is a furore of activity and the women involved in this are then forced to once again rebut these stereotypes. In 2012 the Royal British Legion commissioned me to join UK service personnel in Afghanistan with just a short brief “Take pictures and make us a project that you think people need to see." After a successful exhibition in the Oxo gallery on the South bank in London there was a realisation that there is a lot more to life for women in the Army than just the conversation about front line combat roles.
Women Create Change
The Women Create Change exhibition is a commission as part of Oxford Festival of the Arts 2016. The project is inspired by the work of WWI photographers Horace Nicholls, Olive Edis and Christina Broom, who documented the contribution of women to the war effort and their changing social roles. Women Create Change looks at modern female social change-makers 100 years later. The new portraits produced by Baskerville resonate with the photographic style used by Nicholls, Edis and Broom, to reflect the links between the women of the war and individuals who contribute to continuing developments in the role of women today.
Flowers of Hargeisa
I was once told that the plastic bags around the city of Hargeisa were the flowers of the city. As a photographer I felt the real flowers were the women of the city. Their colourful clothes and quietly determined spirit led me to produce a series of images of women from the rural communities to the inner city women who create and inspire the population with their innovative spirit.