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Untitled

 

Untitled (after Wilhelm von Gloeden)

2008
unique, 1 AP
chromira print of hand-painted and collaged appropriated image
395mm x 410mm framed

Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden specialised in photographing naked young men in an idyllic seaside town of Sicily. His works from 1880s onward were traded publicly without scandal or reference to indecency. In 1933 and 1936, the new fascist Italian government raided and destroyed nearly 5,000 original negatives on the charge of pornography. I am interested in how context and changing political climates inform culture's reading of imagery - particularly when engaging in queer and sexual subject matter. This is the first image in a series investigating von Gloeden's resurrected portfolio of the Adonis, altered to directly explore the sexuality present in his works.