Image of the week: 26 April-2 May, 2021
This is an example of an image I really like but am unable to post on social media. I conceptualized this set to bring about the idea of female agency and wonderful model Minh-Ly brought it to life beyond my imagining.
But then I discovered that Instagram's primitive AI and moderators interpret it as 'boob-squeezing,' despite the recent controversy. I intend this work to stand for the societal hypocrisy that invites us to admire the painted image of a demure pose but rejects the strong, empowered woman, who challenges us with her direct gaze.
Are all nudes necessarily objectionable or objectifying? The post-modernist John Berger thought so:
“In his book on the nude, Kenneth Clark says that being naked is simply being without clothes. The nude, according to him, is a form of art. I would put it differently: to be naked is to be oneself; to be nude is to be seen naked by others and yet not recognised for oneself. A nude has to be seen as an object in order to be a nude.”
-- John Berger, Ways of Seeing, 1972
What do you think?
See more thought-provoking works like this in the Body Double gallery…