November 25, 2016

Paz Errázuriz - Works

This great female photographer is born in 1944 in Chile (Santiago) and is still among the livings like we are all at the time I write these words. Her work is mainly centered on the other side of what is usually shown, towards madness, extreme poverty, sex working, illness, ageing, social codes and desolation. But there's never any miserabilism in her images. What is the most fascinating for me, explaining her presence on this blog, is the status of the body in her work. A mistreated and damaged flesh, strangely sensual, weirdly attractive. Some pictures could be the illustration of a philosophical text about human condition. We feel strangely belonging to the same species than these human beings who were thrown in life without any manual to use it and who face their terrible destiny. Sad there's not enough high quality images on the net to provide more images but with these ones, it's a correct hommage I think to this great lady. Didn't find any active site but a paper on her here (in Spanish), here (in English) and there (an interview in French) . 

November 23, 2016

C. C Cheker - Dystopie, tourment et obscurotisme

He's French, visibly living in or near Bordeaux, and he seems a visitor of Scoptophilia since he recently left  a comment. Weird cos' I had a series from him ready to post and believe me, I do not publish it today because of his comment. In photography, he likes to play with blasphemy, mixing christian symbols and sex with curvy models. Often their face is covered by gas masks. Not sure whether there is an underlying semantics or whether he only likes the visual effect. Anyway, this is efficient, troubling and exciting, either in colour or in black and white. Hope he'll go on this way with provocative images. His tumblr site here. I used the name of this blog as the title of this post. 

November 20, 2016

Vlasta Delimar - Performances

Vlasta Delimar can be filed under the fembodactivist category. She's a well-known Croatian multi-disciplinary artist and her work is not constraint to nude performances but here is what this post deals about. She's born in 1956 and you can read most of her bio here. It makes her one of the root artist of this movement that I called fembodactivist. Nudity is here only a state, scandalous per se, and in no way this is what she makes with her body that is the vehicle of her message. This is in what the elder and more intellectualized among these women differ from the younger who are acting more rudely and with less background concept or conscient semantics. But I'm not good enough in English to analyze more accurately these differences so I leave it to you. Below some videos of her performances and a video from a retrospective in Zagreb called "This is I" with her in her own words. A site here, another there.

November 10, 2016

Aneta Bartos - Spider Monkeys

A third post (previous ones here) about this very talented photographer "living and working in New York" (as it is said in her CV). Here she treats female bodies in such a way they suggest spiders and it's rather fascinating. Don't really see where is the monkey but maybe it's to reduce the human condition here to its primate nature. Once again, the influence of Antoine d'Agata is quite visible and the style not unlike the sfumato technique that Jean-Jacques Henner used in his painting. This de-realizes the images and offers a dual and dichotomic vision (a nude female body and a spider) according to the watcher. In summary, quantum physics applied to photography. If you want to see more, her site here