It’s also been used in the activism world. It’s been used in a variety of protests and been part of time and change activism and that’s very important to me. And increasingly additionally been active in the art world in a variety of art contexts which I’m quite excited by.
It is the struggle flesh is heir to. Particularly female flesh! Aren't we all a paradoxical mix of these qualities? I always felt women needed to claim their right to equality not by being more like men, but by being fully themselves. The feminine qualities of being have been undermined for so long.
I saw these devices not only as objects for research but reflections in a way of the individuals these devices had interacted with over the years. The images function as stills life's but also as portraits of the Kinsey and their research subjects.
"In the production phase of this film, we were observing day by day about these subjects’ daily lives, we diligently followed their timetables, for example, this guy will wear this shirt today, and that lady will put on that dress tomorrow. In this restaurant, she is closer to this colleague, etc. Then I started to think about the relationship between the subjects and us."
It’s shock- ing to see how such a celebrated hero is seen as an incredible, idealistic leader. Meanwhile, on the other side of history, he is seen as a murderer. In my Utopia, I want to see a mythical leader from 360 degrees. I want to see how it was for the American, the Native, and for others.
Two of your pieces, Mr. Realistic (Keeping America Clean) (2014) and Builder Destroy (Acid God) (2013), depict a person inhabiting a trash covered, post-apocalyptic environment. Where did the idea for this world come from? Is it a version for our own world? Is it an omen for the way we mistreat our environment?
I was very concerned about what was outside of me. I struggled with many shades of shame and self worth. It was important for me to discover my own internal voice and filter of seeing the world. If we follow our history, passions, and/or interest it leads us to our authentic, one of kind voice and expression. There is no one like you, if you truly listen to what your soul is telling you.
Art is all about realizing and updating rituals in which mankind deals with their environment, the duty of the artist is to help realize but also to update the idea of realism itself. Children can rotate objects within a special field, when we grow old we lose this ability.
1. Your Aristocracy series shows private jets crashing as a thing of beauty. You create structure from chaos, order from disorder. Do you consider yourself a revolutionary?
I don’t think of myself in terms that have political connotations. I take photographs and do what I want – I try to say through a photograph the things I wish to express.
"Our generation is a very political generation, saying no matter what you do to us, no matter what rights you take away, we are gonna be our authentic selves."
I was looking for the natural and flexible faces, to which I was drawn. Firstly I came to their houses, we got acquainted, drank tea and speak about something. Later on we began to seek the background and clothes after the first voltage subsided. Usually I’m shooting in a silence using only gestures.
S: What guided you in choosing artists for the enigma issue?
A: A lot of shoe leather. I let the photographers speak to me. Some have been found through active discovery, speaking to friends, and I rediscover artists whom I have always admired. I knew I wanted to include fashion photography since fashion imagery is inherently enigmatic. Once I decided that, my first thought was Guy Bourdin.