Producciones de Arte y Pensamiento, S.L.
|Year||February / 2014|
|Language||Spanish / English|
|Pages||From 160 to 200|
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HOW DO CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHERS APPROACH THE GENRE OF THE NUDE?
A body, alone, naked, continues to denote varied and contradictory ideas at the same time. The word naked is used as a synonym for sincere, as in "the naked truth", meaning undisguised and forthright. If you lay yourself bare, you confess openly, hiding nothing. But the reality of a physical nude is that it is always suspect of hiding something. It goes without saying that in the history of art there are abundant nudes of all kinds, but as time goes by nudes are less numerous and their innocence almost entirely disappears.
Since the birth of photography it has been the great shameless gaze. With the establishment of photography as an art form, the real artists have disregarded the cult of calendar beauty, and other ways of seeing have emerged that look at the body beyond its sexual, sensual or even aesthetic connotations.
Nudes, undressed, stripped, alone or in groups, in the country or in the city: there is power in the act of getting naked. The body shown and hiding, the body wounded, the old, lived-in body of man in equal conditions as that of woman. The end of beauty as cliché, the idea that another type of beauty is not only possible but also necessary. The pictures that have been included in EXIT #53 take us beyond the stereotype of photography of nudes, from that boring photography full of perfect bodies, from that empty world designed for the lover and for the voyeur. We rediscover real beauty. And as an absolute novelty we see the wealth of women who look and who construct concepts with nude bodies. Photography is undoubtedly among the practices that have been most involved with nudes. However, the idea of the photographer and the model is now a thing of the past, an anachronism. Today, not only do artists, photographers, seek beauty beyond clothing, they seek it under the skin.
The Body as Excuse. Rosa Olivares
Nudes in the Museum, Models in the Studio. Sergio Rubira
Jorge Fuembuena, Naomi Harris, Paul Kooiker, Malerie Marder, Cheryl Sourkes.
Evan Baden, Alvin Baltrop, Elina Brotherus, Yasmine Chatila, Paz Errázuriz, Elliott Erwitt, Cristina Lucas, David Hilliard, Nadav Kander, Adeline Mai, Rafael Navarro, Margo Ovcharenko, Cheryl Sourkes, Bill Sullivan, Spencer Tunick, Olivier Valsecchi, Jesús Ubera, Shen Wei.