August 24, 2012
Guillaume Herbaut - The new amazons
Guillaume Herbaut is a French photographer, born in 1970, who received many prices and who began a series on the Ukrainian women from "femen" called The new amazons (there are 2 series, the second is called Winter and contributed mainly to this post). I think you don't need that I do a presentation of this naked-breast women protestating movement, surely one of the most intriguing of the last decades. I have mixed feelings about the efficiency of this way to protest, not too sure the sexual voyeurism is not an important part of the interest they trigger. If they were more diverse in ages and body shapes, maybe this would be less annoying. It's good that Herbaut took a picture of an actionist who is rather different (in age and body shape) in his series. Don't let me be misunderstood, I think it's important and even crucial to use our own nudity as a weapon against the power (of any nature). It's just that these young women are too much in the aesthetic canons of the world they contest to be totally convincing. But maybe I'm wrong. An occasion to write here that what happens to the 3 women from Pussy Riot is revolting and that surely this will feature as an important turn in history of Russia, these pacific women showing what is the real nature of the religious and political tyranny over there. But we have all our own tyrannies to fight against, even here in France, so nothing specific to Russia. More from this series on the Guillaume Herbaut site here.