Immersion (Piss Christ), 1987 (original and after attack)
Andres Serrano was raised in a devoutly Catholic neighborhood where religion played a significant part of his growing up. From his first images as an artist, sacred icons and other symbolic elements have been frequenting his tableaux-like photographs. From religious iconography, human subjects, dead animals to more precise elements such as blood (a symbol for passion and violence), urine, milk, semen and later excrement, the artist seeks to convey a sense of dignity to his subjects and to reconcile the sacred and the profane through what Germano Celant termed as “the synthesis of the opposite”, so that “the lower part is in dialogue with the upper part, the human with the divine, the earthbound with the celestial”.
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Nan one month after being battered, 1984
The ballad of sexual dependency
Aos cinquenta e cinco anos é uma das referências na fotografia contemporânea. Através de retratos e de fotografias de momentos íntimos, Goldin documenta a sua vida e a dos seus amigos. O conteúdo das imagens é muitas vezes mais importante do que a composição. O resultado é um documento único de uma forma de vida. Continue reading Nan Goldin
Untitled, 1963 (Tulsa series)
Larry Clark is a story-teller. His stories — which boldly confront themes of youth culture, sex, violence, and drugs — are told through two feature films (KIDS, 1995; and Another Day in Paradise, 1998) and four art books (Tulsa, 1971; Teenage Lust, 1983; 1992, 1992; and The Perfect Childhood,1993). While best known for the spiraling controversy in the U.S. and abroad surrounding the release of the independent film KIDS at the Sundance Film Festival in 1995, Larry Clark also remains notorious for his distinctive, sexually-charged photographic essays of youth culture and self-destruction. Continue reading Larry Clark