Imperfection and uniqueness


In this image from The Alternative Limb project, we see singer-songwriter Viktoria Modesta posing with one of her many prosthetics. She had a voluntary amputation to improve mobility after suffering years of surgeries on her left leg. For her, the prosthetic allows her not only to function, but to express her sense of beauty and her unique identity. On the project website, she writes about meeting her fans with the prosthetic leg: So when they do clock my appearance and then see the leg, it is very challenging for them.  Most importantly when the limb is attached and I’m walking with it in my full composure it has a power that is beyond something that can be described.”

Viktoria Modesta


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Charlotte Grum

Hi Maria. Thanks for sharing the Alternative Limb Project with us. I think that the project simultaneously fluctuates between aethetic and ethic statements, creating a very paradoxical figure. In a way I find her performativity more human than posthuman. Maybe lessening the prosthetic potential of creating new norms, mayb just reproducing a smooth and well designed aesthetic body?
That said – I don’t know her project well and look forward to qualifying my reflections on her work.

Claudia Bubke
I love your example and the quote you picked. It clearly addresses the “challenging“ aspects of so-called imperfections and even their therapeutic or similarly enhanced solutions. I admire that Viktoria Modesta refused to return to “normality”, not because she wanted to set an example, but because it made her life easier in comparison. At least that is how I read it. She simultaneously acknowledges (and maybe criticises) that her prosthesis is a challenge for others, while she herself does not perceive it in the same manner. It could be argued that she took a rather uncomfortable step towards an inorganically… Read more »