pornography/forest_pics

pornography/forest-pics is a series of images based on hardcore pornographic images that are
set within or around forests. The pictures were found on the Internet and downloaded, after which the human bodies were digitally removed.

The bodies are digitally removed from each shot by copying and repeating the surrounding
landscape, creating visual scars within the image. Our gaze is redirected to the overlooked part
of the image. The viewer is left to to complete the scene imaginatively.

The photographs, once denuded of their ‘action’, also bring to mind police forensic
photography, as though these were the sites of forbidding, if unnamed, events. The forest settingcomplements this ambiguity: at once a place of beauty and danger, of obscuring and clearing, a public as well as a private space. Its quasi-repetition throughout the series both reproduces the banality of porn itself and elaborates a typography of spaces.

The human bodies in many cases gets replaced by the ground, become earth, dust and debris.

pornography/forest_pics is an ongoing series started in 2004.

pornography/forest_pics has been shown both as prints and as a slide show.

 

Read text written in response to 'Albertine goes South', curated by Rut Blees Luxemburg

 

>> Exhibited or screenind in
– Le Prix Découverte des Rencontres d'Arles (Discovery Award), Arles, France, 2012, nominated by Olivier Richon

– Check In, Harbourside, Folkestone, UK, 2011, curated by Liv Pennington
– This Must Be The Place,
Jerwood Space, London, UK, 2010, curatad by David Campany
– Untitled Tales, Photo50 at the London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, London, UK, 2008
– Besame Mucho Mas, Chat's Palace, London, UK, 2008, curated by Cecilia Bonilla
– Kinoskipos, Hadspen Gardens, Somerset, UK, 2007, curated by Rut Blees Luxemburg
– Itchy Park, Lime House Town Hall, London, UK, 2007
– Albertine goes South,
Dorothee Schmid Art Consulting, London, UK, 2006, curated by Rut Blees Luxemburg

 
>> Catalogues
Les Rencontres d'Arles 2012
, Actes Sud, Arles, France (ISBN 978-2-330-00996-0)