Zanele Muholi, Bra, 2003, silver gelatin print, 275 x 275mm
Zanele Muholi is incredible.
“In diversity there is perfection.”
I would like it much better if they weren’t all pale as fuck though, hard to have actual diversity without visible PoC. Otherwise very nice.
I thought the same thing and considered it for a bit before I decided to post it. But eventually I enjoyed the idea of spreading the message in a different language and using the idea that diversity is good instead of “we’re all human” bullshit. Should have put commentary though. Thanks Liz! :)
One of many favorite pictures taken in a photo shoot I did with Joseph of JLC Images.
What a beautiful photo. It makes me think of angels painted on the ceilings of churches, in a very good way. Gorgeous
I have refrained from posting nudes because I do not wish to be sexualized without my consent. However, this body is sexualized, medicalized, invalidated, and othered by society every day without my consent.
Today I give my consent, and for me that’s a really powerful thing. Here I am reclaiming my body by displaying it, establishing my complete ownership by granting the observer temporary use and abuse of it’s image. As I post here to reframe my frame as an objet d’art, I release my grip on internalized misogyny, slut-shaming, and body hate; and free my body image from it’s cage of my bodies exterior image.
This body is beautiful, no matter how you see it.
(via obeast book update |)
Okay. This woman is seriously blowing my fucking mind right now. Check her artist’s statement and get into what she’s doing because it is brilliant. - Haley
From her statement:
My most visible role in the project is performing as the North American Obeast, a fictitious genus of endangered mammals. I embody three species of male and female obeasts, which superficially resemble each other in the way that zebras, mice, crows, and other fauna do. This animalistic indistinction to the careless eye reflects and satirizes the socially perceived ‘all-the-sameness’ of fat people. This kind of dehumanizing, reductive thinking is brought to light in the MOCS project through exaggeration of the largely unexamined cultural perceptions and anxieties about fat. The obeast performs fat as our culture represents it: simple-minded, undisciplined, endangered yet threatening. By enacting the stigma and dehumanization of obesity literally, the everyday stigmatization of (and anxiety about) obese people becomes darkly humorous, rather than merely pitiable.
The narrative’s absurdity mirrors the real-life absurdity of ideological thinking, and creates an opportunity to consider a more nuanced perspective of ascribed and asserted identity formation. By borrowing the trappings of legitimizing scholarly fields (e.g. archaeology, history, biology, museology) to teach viewers about the fictional North American Obeast, the project asks viewers to think critically about how facts and cultural identities are made, and by whom. In this way, the work plays upon not only the stigma and cultivated anxiety surrounding the so-called “obesity epidemic,” but also the conventions of information dispersion in American culture.
Cumulus / Miriam Lenk
Lenk is a really wonderful sculpture, you should all go check out more of her stuff.