Drape


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London-based photographer and visual artist Eva Stenram incorporates digitally manipulated pictures, found photographs and images from the Internet in her work, seeking to unsettle the original functions of our society's familiar photographic genres. Stenram's most current series, Drape, uses vintage pin-up photographs from the 50s and 60s as its source material. The women in these photographs are posed in interior domestic sets in front of curtains or drapes, offering a glimpse into intimate space. In Stenram's versions of these images, the curtains are extended to partially obscure the women. The background envelopes the focal point and the foreground slips into the background. The curtain vacillates between striptease-drape and blind or shutter, reinforcing its role as a barrier between public and private. Bare feet and legs are a reoccurring theme in the photographs, the fragmented body parts of the literally faceless women have connotation of the fetish. The resulting image makes no attempt to look real; rather, it is clearly manipulated without it being clear to what extent. It submits to a cut-and-paste collage aesthetic whose ultimate referent is the act of photography itself.

'Drape' is on show in Amsterdam until April 28, 2013, more info about the exhibition here.