I know that these are a little old, but I still love these images very much… as you might remember, I posted some photos by Jean Baptiste Mondino a little while back so it turns out I might be a real fan of this Mondino fellow! These pictures remind me of the scene in A Confederacy of Dunces where Ignatious goes to the ball hosted by Dorian Greene in order to persuade the “sodomites” to infiltrate the army and take down the worldwide government. A sentiment that is as relevant now as it was then!
To seal the Mondino deal, he took this photo for Sophie Calle’s book Double Take.
In related news, I think Sophie Calle is an absolutely incredible artist, I think her work is both a vision for a transmodern approach to art making that is both emotionally intelligent and community based. Much of her work deals with her various obsessions, a break up letter, the death of her mother, a man that she met at a party, and from there she employs an almost detatched curatorial aesthetic over these obsessions of hers.
My favorite work was the one presented at the 2007 Venice Biennale, Take Care of Yourself. For this piece she took her break up email and had about 300 women from around the world re-interpret it through video, psychoanalysis, traditional Indian dancing etc etc. Though it was meticulously curated and presented in a museum-like format, it was strangely moving, hilarious and thoughtful. I think her approach to art making, the emphasis on obsessions and the documentarian approach, is fascinating because it is so powerful yet so approachable. I think it is definitely a vision for a form of art making in the 21st century that is anti-capitalist, process based and emotionally honest.