Disconnecting from your body

Most people have a very special layer around their bodies (non-scientifically described as a second-skin) that protects them from the outside menaces. I’m sure if we dove into a biological take on this subject, there would be a lot to talk about. However, this second-skin I’m referring to is not that kind of verifiable layer.…

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┐ Yayoi Kusama └

© Yayoi Kusama, Silver Squid Dress, 1968-9 © Yayoi Kusama, Self-Portrait, 1962 © Yayoi Kusama, Horse Play © Yayoi Kusama, Self-Obliteration By Dots, 1968. Photo © Hal Reiff © Yayoi Kusama, photography copyright © Harrie Verstappen “Rather than confirming the ontological coherence of the body-as-presence, body art depends on documentation, confirming-even exacerbating-the supplementarity of the body…

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┐ Hannah Villiger (1951-1997) └

© Hannah Villiger, Untitled, 1980 – C-print from Polaroid © Hannah Villiger, Sculptural, 1993 © Hannah Villiger, Untitled, 1980/81 – 12 C-prints of polaroids “When trying to describe physical feelings of any kind, we find ourselves shortchanged by language. I arrived at this conclusion after several, always hopelessly crude attempts to describe fundamental moments in…

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┐ Cara Judea Alhadeff └

© Cara Judea Alhadeff, Lost Valley, from the conscious dream project © Cara Judea Alhadeff, kunst-stoff, from the conscious dream project © Cara Judea Alhadeff, Exploratoreum, from Gestation (singles) © Cara Judea Alhadeff, south american tropical room, from gestation project © Cara Judea Alhadeff, art and revolution’s wailing women heads, from gestation project “As a…

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║ Víctor Vázquez ║

a© Víctor Vázquez, Borders, from the series Body to body, 2005-2009 © Víctor Vázquez, Anthropophagy, from the series Body to body, 2005-2009 “Art produced in the Caribbean teems with images alluding to migratory phenomena of diverse nature, as much for its motivations as for the circumstances of the journey. This imaginary utopia associated with geographic…

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║ Tanya Marcuse ║

© Tanya Marcuse, Maximilian Helmet, c.1510, from the series Undergarments & Armor, 2002-2004 © Tanya Marcuse, Corset with Hip Pad, from the series Undergarments & Armor, 2002-2004 © Tanya Marcuse, Maximilian Armor, c.1510, from the series Undergarments & Armor, 2002-2004 “From the bizarre steatopygous forms of Victorian bustles to the haunting facial masks on medieval…

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║ Maritza Molina ║

© Maritza Molina, Cutting the Pattern,  2009 © Maritza Molina, The test of purity,  2009 Maritza Molina´s work is a self-portrait exploring phases of her life’s encounters, discoveries, and changes. She stages herself in her images, as well as other people and objects. Her artwork derives from a personal experience or standpoint, and reflects how…

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║ Rodrigo Braga ║

© Rodrigo Braga, Communion 1, from the series Communion, 2006   © Rodrigo Braga, Communion 3, from the series Communion, 2006 “From diverse works in such way made, result hybrid images, where distinct components become close to each other without never have being fully integrated in something unique. Images where the discomfort of the body…

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║ Jocelyn Lee ║

© Jocelyn Lee, Untitled (Kara standing), 2005, from the series Portraits   © Jocelyn Lee, Untitled (Michelle and Lisa), 2006, from the series Portraits “I photograph portraits because I am curious about people, and our tenacious attempts to find meaning and direction in the world. I am particularly interested in how we reveal our vulnerability,…

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Mona Kuhn

© Mona Kuhn © Mona Kuhn   In a subject frequently used by artists, the nude has become a sort of “rite of passage” to those who observe human body in its most basic form. Mona Kuhn’s approach to this classic theme, while acknowledging her predecessors, creates work that is culturally anonymous with rare references…

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Body Mutilation

© Gina Pane © Joel Peter-Witkin © David Nebreda A fotografia vive do espectador que se deixa embalar e o que conseguimos objectivar depois de recuperar desse diálogo, mesmo que transposto em jeito de cítrica, não será nunca o reflexo preciso do jogo psicológico em que estivemos envolvidos. A escrita, como a fotografia, é um…

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Body Modification

© Ana Mendieta A linguagem dos signos tomou conta das imagens. É certo e não é de agora. Noutros contextos, que não o da arte, o uso e abuso dos mesmos sistemas poderia levar-nos a desacreditar o fim, apesar da intenção. Contudo, no mundo da imagem e da música até, a recorrência aos alicerces que…

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