Why hide what we cannot see?
“Womanoïd” is Marco Helena‘s second book. It presents a pop iconography where nudity is central. But there is a moving vision there. It escapes basic voyeurism where silence seems to be the only liturgy.
These women reside within the world in which we live, and share – or not – its “political” standards or values of beauty. Indeed Marco Helena has chosen to “talk” about the women he has met. He captures them, he says, “in a natural state and free of expression in a framework favoring a poetic narrative” while preserving a realism to relate their stories in order to “cross social boundaries, push the motionless.
Hence these one-on-one suites, with women in love or alone, models or uncomfortable in front of the camera, punks, peroxides, tattooed, lesbians or straight, accomplices or secret, libertines or sex workers, students or unemployed, civil servants or independent workers, daughters or mothers.
All in an exposure without distance or taboo, to achieve a vision as realistic as it is poetic, melancholic or / and intense through four times: Lost Angeles, Younger, Starr and Paradise. These chapters ask the same question: why hide what we cannot see? And this, where the portrait becomes an abduction opening onto abysses and assumptions.
Marco Helena : Womanoïd
Editeur : Les Presses Littéraires
Présentation : Dos carré collé
Nombre de pages : 118
ISBN : 979-10-310-1055-7
Prix : 20,00 €