Let's stay in a similar universe than previous post's. It fits my present mood. Maxim Lozovik is a Russian photographer who provides a rather tough imagery based on people not totally what in occident we consider as sane ones. It's strange how occidental photography seems fake or journalistic when they come to show such people when eastern's seems to represent people connected to the artists who take the pictures. I now can always tell if it's occidental or eastern at first glance. Here, the series is called Dead people for a quite obvious reason. Sure that French or American photographers would have added something conceptual to such a series when here only the strenght of the picture seems to interest the artist. I feel less and less occidental with age. Some of the images would make perfect illustrations for an Unsane LP cover sleeve. Lozovik's site here.
Martial Rossignol is a French photographer living in the north of France and covering a large palette of styles, often in black and white. You can see his site here, his flickr gallery there and his facebook page there. In wikipedia, you can read that a mudra is a symbolic gesture in Hinduism and Buddhism. While some mudrās involve the entire body, most are performed with the hands and fingers. A mudrā is a spiritual gesture and an energetic seal of authenticity employed in the iconography and spiritual practice of Indian religions and traditions of Dharma and Taoism. So, in each of this picture, one must read some symbol but honestly, I didn't really try to discover them and only appreciate the esthetic result of these pictures mudras done by a woman in front of her naked breast. And finally, my fave is the last.
Here what her biography says "Miru Kim was born in Stoneham, Massachusetts in 1981 and was raised in Seoul, Korea. She moved back to Massachusetts in 1995 to attend Phillips Academy in Andover, and moved to New York City in 1999 to attend Columbia University. In 2006, she received an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute. She is an avid cook and a rat lover". In this series, one moreby a woman about the strange similarities between the status of the pig and of the woman (you can click on the Pigs tag to find them on this blog) although pigs are supposed to be men. But reading the Miru Kim's statement about her project (here), it seems we are in a much more conceptual approach, based upon a Michel Serres' books about the 5 senses (not a French philosopher I particularly appreciated but who cares). The important is that the pictures are fascinating and provide a mindshaking impression. Miru Kim's site is here. Some moving images below.
It's rather embarassing for me to talk about Alice Odilon. Actually, in my work, I have to deal (not directly, but on a scientific level) with anorexia nervosa and not really fond of the valorisation of this psychic trouble that she's doing now for more than 30 years. From 1977 to 2004 she was her main model is self-portraits doing a proselytizing of anorexia and showing how she became leaner and leaner until she decided not to show her anymore (finally a strange decision if she considers she's reaching her physical nirvana), but goes on with a pro-ana work. Here I post one early series (from 1982) in which she clearly states that she's going to the discovery of her own self through this anorexic way. To be honest, I would like to post what she said as the legend of this series "Renaître a commencé par la mise à mort de mon corps peint en noir, efflanqué, rendu squelettique, sur un fond noir, écartant le trop de réalité, cette société qui m'assaillait par sa culture phallique" ("Reborn has begun by putting to death my body painted in black, emaciated, gone skeletal, on a black background, pushing aside this over-reality, this society that plagued me with its phallic culture"). Her site here.
Another series from this Duch photographer. I had posted his fascinating tryptic about him past, present, future here. Don't know if he thought about his mum when he did the today's series called Mature, but it's another fascinating one, raising mixed feelings. There's something moving and some tenderness in these portraits, but also a certain cruelty, they are rather pathetic actually. But these women (they have all a name, from top to bottom: Christy, Cindy, Claudia, Jerry, Linda, Kate, Nicole) have still something sexual in them that they would have certainly lost in acting and looking as women of their age are supposed to act and look. So, we are left with our perplexity, and it's better like this. His site here.
Some more from Emil Schild (site here), an incredibly great Danish photographer (previous post here), that deserves much more than only one post. Here are mainly pictures reworked with the liquid emulsion technique (he likes to call his series based on the technique used) but if I gathered these ones it's mainly because they talk to me about physical love and the deep despair in which it leaves you sometimes, added to guilt feeling and loneliness. A wonderful series and I'm glad that Blogger made again available it's slideshow when you click on pictures. Easy to see the references to some well-known paintings such ass Munch's or Klimt's kiss since they are the titles of the pictures.