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Kon Markogiannis

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Antibodies “The body is the instrument of our hold on the world.” – (Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex) Antibodies  is a series of surreal photo collages created by using images from fashion,  lifestyle and erotic magazines. Utilizing techniques such as fragmentation, obliteration, overlapping and juxtaposition the artwork deconstructs the human body and challenges established notions of beauty, identity and sexuality. Antibodies also tackles issues such as the supposed indexicality and “truthfulness” of the photographic medium and raises questions regarding ownership, copyright, and the appropriation and (ab)use of imagery. In this overtly hyper-technological, post-photographic age we live in the boundaries between truth and illusion are questionable. Images can be downloaded, appropriated and manipulated to a point where authorship is lost and the viewer is not sure what he or she is looking at. Ultimately the work is a critique of the unhealthy obsession with bodily looks and a reaction against our constant bombardment with oversexualized, quasi-pornographic images by the media and the entertainment industry. It seems as if moral and aesthetic standards have lost their significance in an era of consumerist numbness, artificial...

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