“Equal only in the beginning
you feign to be form and steal forms
blinding light that prevents sight
everything fades out
then the light comes back”
Pallade Atena, by A.C. Bianchi
“Divine Cracks” represents the idealisation of the feminine essence as a source of creative rebirth, an ode to woman as her whole: life generator/object of male desire/regent of the universal order.
After a difficult personal event I needed to get back in touch with myself, especially my masculinity and my torn relation to women (mother, wife, lovers…); to do so I simply had to get close to the mystery of womanhood, chasing my very own version of Courbet’s “Origine du monde”. I started by reprinting an old negative of an ex-girlfriend of mine, pushing the contrast and exposure to the limit. The result I got I thought was extraordinary in its abstractness: an image that was at the same time eerily erotic and confusely evocative. I decided I would need to take this experiment further and turn it into a project.
I found that the strong contrast of the print together with the detail of the framing generates an abstraction of the human body, almost as if it were the marble statue of a classical “divinity”. The anatomic detail is subtly revealed within the black of the line confining the erotic tension to an almost subconscious level. The result forms a “crack” (inspired by Lucio Fontana’s revolutionary cuts) in the white idyll of the paper that shatters all certainties of the male universe, a slight discomfort, a faint embarassment… the photographic medium reminds the viewer that everything is real, attainable, touchable, earthly yet uncanny. In the end every single image takes a life of its own, mutating into anything anyone sees in it.
The single images don’t bear names, only numbers, making all the subjects equivalent, at the same time different from one another, thus sanctioning the uniqueness of each and every woman.
At this stage I am looking to produce an entire solo show of the project (30 full-sized, 100x100cm, mounted prints) and a limited edition catalog for it (you can see the dummy in the pictures), as well as 30 small-sized prints (30x30cm, unmounted) for the models who volounteered to pose in exchange of a print. For this reason I resorted to crowdfunding and am asking for your help in reaching my goal, in exchange for the valuable prizes you can see on the support page.
“Divine Cracks” won 1st place (gold) in the Fine Art Nudes category at the 2014 Moscow International Foto Awards (http://www.moscowfotoawards.com/winners/zoom.php?eid=10-3592-14), 1st place in the Fine Arts category at the 2014 Golden Camera Awards (http://www.goldencamera.com.ua/en/winners-2014), Honorable Mention at the 2014 Monochrome Awards, Honorable Mention at the 2015 PX3 Awards, was Bronze Finalist (3rd place) in the Body Parts category at the 2015 Nude Awards and Finalist in the Abstract and Nudes categories at the 2014 One Eyeland Awards (http://oneeyeland.com/awards/award_images.php?award_id=1183).
It was on show at the 2014 WeArt Festival in Barcelona, at the 2014 Art4Porn in Rome and the 2015 Art4Porn in Milan, as well as in a group show at the castle Torre Bruciata in Teramo (I) in 2012. It has been published on Plateformag (http://www.plateformag.com/magazine/article/numero-67?lang=fr), on the Nude awards catalog, on Luel magazine (South Korea) and it will be featured in the 2015 Best of Best Photographers book by One Eyeland.
Here is an excerpt of the dummy for the catalog:
Born and raised in Switzerland in the 70’s. Death metal drummer in the 80’s. Works in the italian movie industry and studies photography at ICP in New York in the 90’s. Fine art, movie stills photographer, portraits, food, architecture and video cameraman since the 00’s. Personal and group shows internationally since 1997. Director of photography for the documentary “HN-Hermann Nitsch” which won the Best Documentary Audience Award at the 2011 Beverly Hills Film Festival (http://www.hn-movie.org/). Set photographer for the features “The Black Brothers” (2012) and “Schellen Ursli” (2014) by Academy Award winner Xavier Koller. Aliocha Merker lives in Rome, Italy.
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