A House is Not a Home is a selection of self-portraits exploring my feelings of isolation and discontent when I returned to my hometown in Ohio. The figure in this series evokes the antiquated concept of ‘female hysteria,’ a diagnosis historically given to women who struggled to align themselves with societal conventions.
Brooke DiDonato was born and raised in Ohio, and is now based in New York City. She graduated with a degree in photojournalism from Kent State University in 2012. Her work explores the complexity of human cognition and what happens when psychological anomalies manifest in reality. By placing viewers in the context of a narrative with no clear beginning or end, she forces them to ask: How did we get here? What happens next? And can we go on?
Her work has been featured by Vogue Italia, PDN, Creative Quarterly, Let’s Motiv Magazine, and iGNANT, among others.