Fotograf Magazine

#31 Body

The image of the body can take many forms reflecting the never-ending human desire to create the imprints of ourselves. The theme of the body and corporeality has appeared in photography since the very beginning. But it does not include only the classic and much-repeated nude, already exhausted in its commercial and common academic forms. The body itself is the mortal frame of the human being and its physical existence, whose uniqueness and evanescence we are aware of although we often try to forget about it. The body is born, and it grows, matures and becomes an object or the initiator of amorous passion: the female body produces children, and the male body is involved in a sexual act. Then the human body gets older, gradually wastes away, experiences diseases and bodily injuries, and eventually ceases to exist like everything else in the cycle of time. Photography and photographers have a unique chance to capture or interpret all these phases.

           Plato’s conception of corporeality gave rise to the dichotomy of the “body” and “soul”. Once we identify them in our being, we can see the body as a primary form of life that fundamentally determines our being in the world and expresses who we really are. It would be interesting if our physical experience was given the same, if not higher, value like our thinking. The representation of the body is the representation of strength and weakness, and the associated social and cultural codes, including sexuality and gender types. In this magazine issue, we focus on author and photographic projects presenting the human body and nudity sometimes as an object, sometimes as a means to stimulate the viewer’s critical reflections on the current political, cultural, sexual, gender, and socio-economic issues.

#31 body — Profiles

Darina Alster

Do you remember the dinner scene in Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie? Before the meal gets started, the guests are distracted by sobs coming from the back of the restaurant. Three females go to check what caused this sound only to find a dead man, whose body was lying just a few steps away from their table…

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#31 body — Profiles

Eva Koťátková

Different time periods and different generations bring new issues. But what about the old ones – still present and still urgent issues? Foucault’s analysis of repression and power is compulsory reading today, but the reasons why it was written still persist…

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#31 body — Profiles

Jordan Wolfson

The author accompanied his 2007 exhibition, titled Jordan Wolfson, with
a letter to the visitor: “This is my first exhibition with the gallery and also my
first solo show in Germany…

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#31 body — Profiles

Luboš Plný

The name Luboš Plný (born in 1961) was almost unknown in the Czech art world until the summer of 2017. Still, it has long been spoken of as a revelation in the contemporary art sphere – but only in the narrow circle of the initiated…

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#31 body — Profiles

Melanie Bonajo

The following text is written for a photography magazine, but associating its name with Melanie Bonajo (born in 1978) does not have much hope for success. In her activities, Bonajo merges the skills of an activist musician, performer and shaman…

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#31 body — Discoveries

Sasha Kurmaz

In this flow of images I want to show the different episodes of my personal life in which I fix my gaze on the situations, objects and events that are  important to me, that transmit and shape my sense of reality…

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