After this long it’s been a pleasure revisiting Elle Muliarchyk’s portfolio and encountering her new project Rodarte: Fly.

“When a man photographs a women he projects an idea of his perfect woman onto his subject, but that fantasy doesn’t exist, so the work looks lifeless and predictable. They create and recreate an Icon, but all they manage to get is a Mona Lisa sans the smile – and with great tits. But female photographers usually surprise me – there is always something unsettling about the images. A woman knows how fucked up she really is and is not afraid to channel it into her work. A woman’s photograph is her self-portrait. A man’s photograph is Dow Jones of the society’s demands and expectations. It’s a generalization of course, some men photographers whose work I love – like Terry Richardson and Araki – also manage to show what’s INSIDE them rather than just pleasing the mob. And if doesn’t matter is that thing is good or evil.”

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KOKON is a conceptual fashion photography project by Stephanie Passul, in collaboration with Sara Schwarz:

“Fashion transforms the body. It stretches, clinches or broadens the body and works as a functional shell also as a consciously inserted design tool. The project is based on the analysis about fashion in the context of space and art. The possibilities to form the shape of the body was pushed to their limits. Layer to layer get the body covered and transformed, until he acts only as the plinth of the clothing. The project presents clothing as a heavy, burdensome shell of the body and degrades the body to the base for the artwork fashion. Afterwards, patterns were generated from the photos, which reflect the superficial and decorative function of fashion. Thus, clothing, was into the third dimension (sculpture) and then again in the second dimension (photography, pattern) transformed.”

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Within this series of incredibly varied self-portraits entitled “FEM!NIST”Catrine Val constructs new identities across antiquated, surreal or plain strange contexts. For more insight into her process, read this interview (in German).

“Fashion and how it is presented in the media are dominant features of our everyday lives. They change the way we see youth and age, beauty and character, the self and femininity. As a result, the discrepancy is growing between reality and its illusion-laden construct. Superficially, Catrine Val explores in “FEM!NIST” the surface of appearances. In a variety of different stagings, she shows scenes from the life of a hybrid woman, mother and artist, drifting abruptly from one identity type to the next. The clothing, which varies with the setting, wigs and other props, was often borrowed from the artist’s children, and the picture titles systematically follow codes made up of garment size and the date the photo was taken. Who among us doesn’t struggle with his or her size as barometer of a successful lifestyle and the promise of happiness?”

 via Zeit Online

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