July 22, 2017

Both Of Us - Pictures

Both Of Us is a tumblr photographic project conducted since last October by a black male couple that is aimed to "show the hottest moments of their lives". I would say a testimony of their love, and among loving moments, the sex ones are, it's clear, the most frequent, or at least the ones these guys want to primary document and share with others. Some would call it narcissism, but even if there's some (Rousseau said that the love of ourselves is the condition of the goodness so what is the problem), I think that to take the risk of publicly exhibiting our sexual activity is generous and a way to share with everyone interested, the best part of life. And in the present case, giving that these two men are black and rather curvy, providing a sensual iconography contributes to fight the stereotypes and the discrimination. Thus, it was a necessity to include them. Their tumblr here. 

July 16, 2017

Gilles Berquet - Recent works

There is no mystery, Gilles Berquet (he's French) is one of the most powerful, important and visionary photographer in history. His work can be considered as fetichist but this sort of categorization is a lazy way to restraint an artist to a narrow domain. His iconography is now durably inserted in our memory and belongs to one of the most vivid apology of the female body. Here, in his more recent series, he still focuses on female body, but in a more subtle and less erotic way. Moreover, his style has changed (there is some similarities with Jo Schwab in the colours and textures of pictures) and it is necessary to make another post on him with this selection of gorgeous and sometimes strangely unconfortable images of female models with evocation of wounds, scars, mutilation. His site here (with a link to his tumblr blog). 

July 8, 2017

Ujj Zsuzsi - Works

This Hungarian artist-performer (born in 1959) is maybe one of the most important discovery I did since this blog was created, and I wonder why it took me so much time to find her work. Maybe because, weirdly, there is almost nothing about her in English, and all is in Hungarian (try it yourself on google). This is all the more incredible and scandalous that one of her pictured performance featured in an exhibition of the Tate Gallery in 2012 (see a paper here, one of the rare I found in English about her, and you can see the series that was hanged here) and that her imagery is stunning, strong, powerful and much more direct and semantically rich than those of so many more notorious performers. I think the following sentence from a blogger called Eirene (here) is totally appropriate "...the viewer is directly inplicated as a voyeur of a scene that oscillates between vulnerability and violence. This image of primitive ritual overturns alluring images of women".  I couldn't say better. Note that this is about the first picture of the series above, the one where she stands like a tribal chief, a skeleton painted on her nude body. But each picture could inspire a long legend and they are all fascinating and iconic. She makes the link between Theda Bara and the current fembodactivists that I appreciate so much and gather on this blog. The ghosts of UBU and of expressionism are floating around these images. All this performance and photographic work was done between 1985 and 1991. As it said in the paper, "In 1992 she abandoned these activities to write poetry, lyrics, or texts not meant for the public eye. As singer and songwriter of the Csókolom band, she published her recordings of music in 1994, 1995, 2000 and 2006". You can see her in this activity of poet-singer in some video that I added below. But her work must not be forgotten or overlooked and is among my favorite any style any time. For those who understand Hungarian, below a video about an exhibition where she speaks.

July 4, 2017

Véronique E. Bourgeois - Muse



Not so long (3 months ago) I posted a series about this French female photographer (here) but if I post another one it is because her recent series called Muse is not only an artistic but also a love project. Living in parallel this kind of loving fusion with someone I could call my half and my double, I felt very in empathy with the pictures she took of her and her beloved one (the parallel stops here, I have no tattoo). Shot only over some weeks, this series is a perfect illustration of this weird state of mind love throws you in. When it's passion, it doesn't last, but when it's love based upon deep and profound mental and physical similarities (I wouldn't say complementarities), so it can last lifelong. To celebrate the 3,5 millions of pages viewed on Scoptophilia, it's a fine post. I wish them all the love and tenderness and wildness they can live together. Her tumblr site here.