TBW Books presents the seventh installment of their Annual Series. This year, four artists were invited to approach the concept of the human form. Implementing stylistically distinct approaches, each book works to challenge the artist’s own practice, making room for discovery within not only their own oeuvre but within the language of photography itself.
While each book is thought of as a stand-alone title, an undeniable dialogue is shared between all four when presented together, allowing viewers to experience the collection as a singular photographic meditation.
Carmen Winant : Body Index
Body Index began a decade ago when Carmen Winant worked as a model for figure drawing classes and, as she explains, watched herself being watched from every angle. Affected by this moment in which the surveilled female body is transmuted into Art, Winant began to collect and collage images of women posing– originally intended as anatomical reference photographs for artists –to explore how the female body is instrumentalized before the camera’s gaze. In recontextualizing these images, Winant locates and exposes a hidden rebellion within the posing bodies. Though originally rendered as blank learning instruments, Winant’s subjects reveal a self-possession, an upper hand, something errant. A range of other bodies appear atop these images– from lesbian separatists to massage therapists and beyond –melding into a single picture-plane that complicates the terms of gendered agency and stillness. Originally assembled as a modular piece separated into discrete panels containing hundreds of image cells, the images are here presented in a tightly curated selection, each figure holding a single page.
TBW Books : Annual Series No. 7 | Four Book Set
Carmen Winant | Body Index
Juergen Teller | The Nipple
Mona Kuhn | Study
Paul Kooiker | Business Of Fashion
8.75 x 11 in.