We asked photographers Nastasia Alberti, Mafalda Silva, Marion May and Manu Ridocci to explore the role the human form plays in their work.
Each of these photographers uses the body in a specific way, whether it's being reflected back through self-portraiture or subverting punishing S&M rituals.
Curator Nastasia Alberti On Her Choices:
"Each artist I chose are people that I love their work. Also, I love them as people to be honest. But I do love their work. I chose Mafalda I would say because her work is quite similar to mine, a bit better if I’m honest but she does really… she does film like me which is something for me it’s so important. And I really, really like the idea to have someone else that does film because that is a part of being intimate, I think, using film because it’s a different process when you take a photo you have to really think about it so you tend to talk more to the person you work with. She works with just one person usually. All of her work is very beautiful. Like, it’s so pretty what she does. And I think she’s been doing so well recently so I know that, you know, she will bring a lot of people with her which is always good in a show. So that’s why I chose her.
And then I chose Marion because she’s a good friend of mine. We’ve been working together recently on a lot of projects and I felt like she would be a good addition to talking about intimacy but also, her work is a little bit different to anyone else’s. It’s talks more about [submission, women] and things like that. I mean, it’s quite interesting the way she works. I think Mafalda and I, especially the work we’ve shown tonight, it’s more like soft portrait, soft everyday life, then Marion has more of a meaning behind it especially the work she’s shown.
And I chose Manu because he’s actually Marion’s boyfriend and I love the idea that the girl in the photos is Marion, which I think brings another level of intimacy because, you know, she’s exhibiting, he’s exhibiting his work which she's in. And I think it’s interesting that we all kind of worked together and also Manu has a lot of nude photos which are very different from what I would normally do and I thought it would bring a good addition because it’s a different kind of intimacy."