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The anthropometric method: Metamorphosis or transformation?
Elodie Buisson, January 10, 2007
The next series of photographs shown here is a continuation of the first one, showing seven portraits of young women “from the street” whose skin is black or of mixed colour, and whose faces are singularly beautiful and smooth. The artist seems to have used the same shooting protocol: strong light directed onto the subject, a black background, and a total lack of expression. However, it quickly becomes evident that the individual qualities of the person photographed lead to obvious stylistic differences between the two series.

One could almost say that one series is the opposite of the other. Thus, the white and matt complexions of the models are in stark contrast to the brown and gleaming faces of the young girls.

In the same way, the diaphanous and “natural” nakedness of the first subjects, in which the colour was focussed on the faces (on the eyes and the mouth) is now substituted by a particularly artificial and colourful outfit which pushes the colours away from the faces. This decor is not only referring to clothes (which we can guess are of cheap confection), but also to the hair (of synthetic material), to the coloured eye lenses and to the heavy make up. These attributes with their coloured harmony change from one subject to the next, just as a panoply on a standard doll (in this case, a black one).

 
 
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