We are delighted that BOY by Yalda Afsah & Ginan Seidl will be shown at the exhibition »Bodies That Matter« curated by Pola Sieverding as part of the Photoplus exhibition series at the NRW Forum Düsseldorf.
«Not only does the photographic image play a fundamental role in our understanding of the human body, but the use of lens-based strategies to propose «other» images of the human body and challenge the socially conditioned gaze that often determines which bodies are visible and which must remain in the dark is the means of choice for generations of artists who felt the need to question hegemonic and rigid views of this ever-present eld of interest of the human body, the many discourses around it and the projections on it.
The exhibition negotiates its concerns exclusively via projections, a permeable medium that allows images to be presented without leaving traces – this quality is carried right through to the conceptualization of the exhibition itself: Bodies That Matter is a reflection on bodies in their manifold forms, materialities and attributions.
The absent is confronted with presence, the ethereal with the material, the flesh navigates beyond the carnality and the tangible. Projected videos and photographs of what is inscribed in the body reveal a discourse on notions of body, identity, individuality and community: the exhibition offers a view of the body as a surface that makes inner and outer experiences visible and understands the body as a playground and battlefield where desires, fantasies and realities can be articulated.»