Saturday, 3 July 2010

Beneath It All, Who Is She?


Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin have spent the last 25 years making photographs that play on the discrepancy between external appearance and internal reality.

This is my favourite work: with her powdered body and 18th century wig, a girl as the embodiment of exquisite artifice. But who is she beneath the black, mask-like form that obscures her identity, her inner self? Is she a novice, a prostitute or married lady in some sexual masquerade? We shall never know. All we can do is imagine...

Photo: Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin. This and other works are currently on show at the FOAM Museum in Amsterdam (www.foam.nl/)

4 comments:

Susan said...

She looks a little uncomfortable - I'm curious to know if her hands are tied to her body?

Profoundly Superficial said...

Gosh, I never thought of that!

Diana said...

What frightens me is her skinniness.

Profoundly Superficial said...

Yes, she's got the classic lollipop head.