Magdalena Wosinska: “JOHN BALDESSARI, WILL YOU CURATE MY SHOW?”
After successful exhibitions in Los Angeles, London and Munich, the famous American advertising photographer Magdalena Wosinska presents 14 photo works in Luxembourg from her series “Nudes” that are staged with her as the nude in breathtaking landscapes.
31 March 2016 – 1 June 2016
On 31 March beginning at 7 p.m. all are invited to the opening reception at VIOlife.
The following works are presented in the show:
Magdalena Wosinska: “JOHN BALDESSARI …”
The female nude as a subject of art history is as old as art itself. Its integration into diverse iconographic systems was possible because nudity was transported into a narrative functionalization that made eros seem to appear at best as an accessory that to some extent domesticated; and it, thereby, managed to become a basis for a general social acceptance. Conversely, the apparent lack of a content-legitimized context causes the viewer’s disconcertion. Yet, nudity is per se less capable of triggering any irritation from the viewer who themselves addresses the issue of permission to consider a “functionless” nude in good conscience.
In response to this dilemma, the Los Angeles-based commercial photographer Magdalena Wosinska has taken a clear position with regard to her series “Nudes”: concerning her nude images, which she herself staged in breathtaking landscapes, her only interest is the linking of human elements with nature as portrayals of timeless beauty. If the model herself were associated with a particular origin or assigned to a particular social class or group based on her clothing, this would result in a distraction from the actual subject of the image. Apart from this, Wosinska preferably travels unaccompanied to the most beautiful places in the world so that more often than not she will be left to her own devices as her own suitable model. Above all it seems remarkable how the landscape is reinterpreted: it answered the artist through a conscious, physical confrontation with the local conditions, so that a dialogue between the human form and the landscape ensues. The insertion of the nude energetically charges the location and transforms it into an actively participating sphere of the pictorial narrative.
The artist has chosen a selection of works from her series “Nudes” for her third artist’s book entitled “The Experience, Vol. 1.” Fourteen photographs from the exhibition with the tongue-in-cheek title “John Baldessari, Will You Curate My Show?” are compiled within this book. After huge success in Los Angeles, London and Munich, her works are now on display at VIOlife in Luxembourg, curated by the Gallery for Contemporary Photography in Munich.