November 13, 2010
Paul Kooiker - Showground
Paul Kooiker (see here) is from Nederland, born in 1964, and his approach of pictures "touches" me very much. Particularly this series (a teaser of the book here). There is a neutral relation with his models that raises very profound questions in the viewer (at least me). Like in Imre Kertész, this neutrality provides a metaphysical impression here about human body and erases the notions of sexy, bleak, melancholy, clinic, empathy. That's probably what we all need the most. To be seen as we are. Not judged, not appreciated, not interpreted, not even expected. Just like Jesus said: "take it, this is my body". And that's all. I would add, and "fuck off".