Subject 3: Tate – Desire Unbound

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‘Desire Unbound’ was a Tate exhibition focusing on the surrealist representation of sexuality within art. A key quote about the exhibition that describes the visual aspects of my work well is:

the use of unusual lighting and darkroom techniques emphasises their artificiality. The figure is often distorted and in several photographs in this selection, the head has been cropped out.

This quote refers to the work of Man Ray (who I have previously blogged about).

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Another artist featured in the exhibition is Claude Cahun. Cahun’s work experimented with gender ambiguity and surrealism. The work steers clear from the stereotype of a woman’s body being seen as objectified within surrealist art. The work uses high contrast with surrealist view of the body to create unique portraits.

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