This artwork examines & reimagines a set of historical images, from the collection of the Archive of Modern Conflict, which were taken by an unnamed US policeman in the 1960s, who produced erotic images of black women in his spare time. It opens up a debate about the politicisation of the representation of the female body, the synchronous histories of anthropology & colonialism & their intersection with the practice of photography.
This dypthic was produced in the context of the artist’s award winning project Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes, a project developed over a period of three years with the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, Portugal, exploring the tension between concealment and revelation.
The Man and the Tree, by Luís Preto, is from his ongoing series Pensar como uma Montanha (To think as a Mountain), which follows and documents the day to day life of Hervé Valette, a hermit, whose disavowal of modern institutions and the postmodernist lifestyle took him to seek refuge in the remote region of northern Portugal.
Wrestling, by Polly Tootal, is from her ongoing series The Hands That Built This City, which documents the daily lives of the men who live in the UAE’s labour camps, in all its banality and complexity. The labourers, brought in to prop up Dubai’s infrastructural aspirations are often enticed with false promises of prosperity, only to end up earning meagre wages and living in crowded accommodations with no proper plumbing.