Big’Uns is an ongoing photographic portrait series that explores the reclaiming of sexuality and bodily autonomy.
In the current cultural climate, women-identified, transgender, and non-binary individuals often lack power over their sexuality. This lack of power occurs through misrepresentation, objectification, and violence against them in various media types, from fashion magazines to music videos, mainstream porn, and even hunting magazines.
Sport hunting, which has widely replaced hunting for sustenance, uses a language that is violent and oppressive to animals and women identified, transgender and non-binary individuals. Linda Kalof, Amy Fitzgerald, and Lori Baralt state that within sport hunting discourse “is the sexualization of animals, “women,” and weapons, as if the three are interchangeable sexual bodies in narratives of traditional masculinity.” (Animals, Women, and Weapons: Blurred Sexual Boundaries in the Discourse of Sport Hunting, 2004) They also conclude that “Animals’ physical attributes are described using stereotypical feminine characteristics of appearance.”
An example is the common term “Big’uns” to refer to an animal’s antlers. Antlers commonly come from male animals, fetishized much like breasts, particularly “big ones.” This type of language usage plays a crucial role in disempowering our sexuality.
Through these photographs, Danger aims to take back control of the sexuality of the underrepresented. The antler racks attached to the reproductive areas symbolize women's struggles to maintain healthy relationships, positive self-images, and sexual experiences. These struggles result from factors such as the effects of cisnormative heteronormative imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy (miigwetch bell hooks and Laverne Cox), sexual abuse, and unrealistic media portrayals of our bodies passed down through generations. By showcasing ownership of the antlers on these bodies, the artist hopes to empower women-identified, transgender, and non-binary individuals to take control of how they are perceived.