٠ The language of (mutilated) flowers ٠

© Juan Manuel Echavarría, Orquis Lugubris, from the series Corte de Florero/Flower Cut Vase, 1997 «Asked on a radio interview a couple of years back why he drew animals and not people, the great cartoonist Chuck Jones of Bugs Bunny and Road Runner fame replied: “It’s easier to humanize animals than humanize humans.” Recently the Colombian artist Juan Manuel Echavarrı´a gave this a twist. Reacting against the stupendous violence in his country, he humanized flowers by photographing them like botanical specimens, replacing the stems, leaves, flowers, and berries with what look like human bones. He called this series of thirty-two … Continue reading ٠ The language of (mutilated) flowers ٠

┐ Pedro Guimarães’ affair with Monsanto └

© Pedro Guimarães, Mrs. Iria burning dry organic waste in her parcel of land, Monsanto, Portugal “Monsanto Blues is a project that depicts daily life in Portugal’s ‘most typical village’. Once a thriving self-sufficient community located in the interior of Portugal, Monsanto became a good metaphor to describe the impact of recent social developments on European peripheral economies (aka PIGS). With virtually no births nor new inhabitants registered for several years now, Monsanto is expected to be declared deserted land soon, thus creating great investment opportunities for both new agers and senior tourists from Northern Europe.” © Pedro Guimarães,‘For Sale’ … Continue reading ┐ Pedro Guimarães’ affair with Monsanto └

┐ A discussion worth having └

Back at the SIP blog, Rotem Rozental posted about Richard Benari and Lauren Henkin’s collaborative project about the nature of photography. Their work, their questions, could be the starting point of a discussion always worth having. On their site, Richard Benari and Lauren Henkin made available some audio files where you can listen to them talking about essential questions concerning photography (though these are very very short and subjective ideas, don’t expect to hear something ground-breaking). Lauren and Richard talk about Influences and abstraction in photography, Creating Pictures and materiality, Removing narrative in photography, Influences, Minimalism, The importance of the … Continue reading ┐ A discussion worth having └

┐ Peter Puklus, Handbook to the Stars └

© Peter Puklus, Handbook to the Stars “There is a reason why Peter Puklus’ first publication is called Handbook to the Stars, a subtle manifesto of his Ars Poetica. With this handbook he attempts to portray his own universe and provide insight into how his photographic works relate to each other: like galaxies in relative proximity to one another that are bound together by their own gravitational force. The images function alongside one another and through one another, have no sequence or chronology, but exist individually even as they form interconnections and follow their own patterns. Hence they do not … Continue reading ┐ Peter Puklus, Handbook to the Stars └

┐ Oleg Kulik, the “it”, the “his” and the “I” dog └

“A man is an animal first of all. And then he is a Social animal, Political animal and so on. I am an Art animal, that’s why, spectator, I need your physical and psychological efforts to make sense.” Oleg Kulik © Oleg Kulik, Mad Dog Performance (photographs), 1994 © Oleg Kulik, I bite America and America bites me, 1997 © Oleg Kulig, Family of The Future, 1997 “Kulik has suggested: ‘I wanted to turn into a sort of new Diogenes, a dog-philosopher’ (2004:56); and, like Diogenes, the active force and vital optimism of his disruptive conduct is perhaps best understood … Continue reading ┐ Oleg Kulik, the “it”, the “his” and the “I” dog └

┐ Zanele Muholi #2 └

© Zanele Muholi, Lesedi Modise, Mafikeng, North West, 2010, from the series Faces and Phases “In the face of all the challenges our community encounters daily, I embarked on a journey of visual activism to ensure that there is black queer visibility. Faces and Phases is about our histories and the struggles that we face. Faces express the person, and Phases signify the transition from one stage of sexuality or gender expression and experience to another. Faces is also about the face-to-face confrontation between myself as the photographer/activist and the many lesbians, women and transmen I have interacted with from … Continue reading ┐ Zanele Muholi #2 └

┐ Vincent Cordebard └

© Vincent Cordebard, Untitled, from Etudes pour Les attentats à la pudeur © Vincent Cordebard, Untitled, from Etudes pour Les attentats à la pudeur © Vincent Cordebard, Untitled, from Etudes pour Les attentats à la pudeur It’s one of those rare, and thus special occasions, when I find a body of work I completely connect to in a rational, emotional, intellectual and intuitive level. Here’s a first post about his work and I foresee making more about it once I have the time to take the plunge. What follows is an excerpt of a text written by Béatrice Han: “Vincent … Continue reading ┐ Vincent Cordebard └

┐ Davide Maione └

© Davide Maione, Reaching © Davide Maione, Beaten (left) and Appeal (right), from Outlines and Annotations © Davide Maione, What it takes to keep a young girl alive “What It Takes to Keep a Young Girl Alive is a diptych of photographs that takes its title from a short story by Jayne Anne Phillips. Whilst being the departing point for creating a link between portraiture, narrative and performance, Phillips’ short story functions as fictional milieu for exploring notions of selfhood and subjectivity. The diptych seizes on the very essence of Phillips’ story: the repetitive gestures of menial labour, the dead end job … Continue reading ┐ Davide Maione └

┐ Yuki Onodera └

© Yuki Onodera, untitled, from the series Portrait of Second Hand Clothes, 1994 © Yuki Onodera, untitled, from the series Portrait of Second Hand Clothes, 1994 “La série, Portraits de fripes, marque une étape dans le travail de Yuki Onodera. Profondément autobiographique, cette œuvre correspond à son installation à Paris en 1993 où elle photographie des vêtements d’occasion par la fenêtre de son studio. Ils apparaissent suspendus, avec pour chacun un fond de ciel nuageux différent. Ce sont des vêtements ordinaires, attributs de ceux qui les ont portés. Placées sous l’objectif de Yuki Onodera, ces fripes révèlent une identité différente, … Continue reading ┐ Yuki Onodera └

┐ Tokihiro Sato └

© Tokihiro Sato, #149, 1992 © Tokihiro Sato, #170 Manji, 1992 © Tokihiro Sato, Yura #339, 2001 “The Photo-Respiration series is Sato’s most well known work. When we approached him with our request for a cover photo, we were delighted to learn that he has been continuing to work on the series up until now, as the above 2008 image Shirakami #1 illustrates. Photo-respiration consists of two sub-streams, Breathing Light and Breathing Shadows. To make these photographs, Sato opens up the lens on his 8 x 10 camera for an extended exposure, sometimes up to three hours, and subsequently physically … Continue reading ┐ Tokihiro Sato └

┐ Duarte Amaral Netto └

© Duarte Maral Netto, untitled, from the project “Z”, 2012 © Duarte Maral Netto, untitled, from the project “Z”, 2012 Duarte’s new work is in a rare place between verity, intimacy and honesty and the exciting and self obsessed world of fiction. The narrative constructed is that of “Z”, a physician said to have gone to Germany to specialized in facial surgery. We’re then introduced to the idea of the family album and presented with historic images of very significant relevant, both in time and the place they occupy, as in relation to their place amidst a personal account of … Continue reading ┐ Duarte Amaral Netto └

┐ Carla Cabanas └

© Carla Cabanas, Three friends, from the project What remains of what it was, 2010/11 © Carla Cabanas, One Little Girl, from the project What remains of what it was, 2010/11 “What remains of what once was – Cabanas Álbum), the artist invokes memory imprecision through erasing, scratching, and fading away of images belonging to her closest surrounding: family. The photographic processing torn off – accumulating in the bottom of the frame – erases information on spaces, context and characters. Just like we all unwillingly discard our personal history, until what remains is but ashes from times gone by.” by … Continue reading ┐ Carla Cabanas └