Body Art: Shirin Neshat

Shirin Neshat  is an iranian artist of contemporary visual art, known for her work in film, video and photography.

Shirin looks beyond the role of the women, she wants to branch off in the pure identity of each people. The heart of her artistic search see the body as a way to communicate a social condition, the contrasts between Islam and the West, femininity and masculinity, public life and private life, antiquity and modernity..

She is able to shake us with mute stories.

From:
Gladstone gallery


Zarin Series, 2005 ; C-print 47 1/2 x 60 inches (120.7 x 152.4 cm)


Nida (Patriots), from The Book of Kings series, 2012 ; Ink on LE silver gelatin print 60 x 45 inches (152.4 x 114.3 cm)


Muhammed (Patriots), from The Book of Kings series, 2012
Ink on LE silver gelatin print 60 x 45 inches (152.4 x 114.3 cm)


Bahram (Villians), from The Book of Kings series, 2012 ; Ink on LE silver gelatin print      99 x 49 1/2 inches (251.5 x 125.7 cm)


Untitled, 1996 ; RC print & ink (photo taken by Larry Barns)

Giada Semeraro

NATHAN SAWAYA

nullOde to Andy . Plastic Bricks. 30 x 22 inches


Nathan Sawaya is an award-winning artist who creates awe-inspiring works of art out of some of the most unlikely things. His global touring exhibitions, THE ART OF THE BRICK, feature large-scale sculptures using only toy building blocks: LEGO® bricks to be exact. His work is obsessively and painstakingly crafted and is both beautiful and playful.

Previously a NYC corporate lawyer, Sawaya is the first artist to ever take LEGO into the art world and is the author of two best selling books. His unique exhibition is the first of its kind to focus exclusively on LEGO as an art medium and has broken attendance records around the globe. The creations, constructed from countless individual LEGO pieces, were built from standard bricks beginning as early as 2002.

Sawaya is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, recognizing his artwork and cultural achievements.  In 2014, with the belief that “art is not optional,” Sawaya founded The Art Revolution Foundation for the purpose of making art a priority in our schools and our homes. He has been a speaker at Google Zeitgeist, TEDx, Yahoo! and at the Clinton Library.

Nathan Sawaya has earned a top position in the world of contemporary art and has created a new dimension by merging Pop Art and Surrealism in awe inspiring and ground breaking ways. His art consists of playing with the material, color, movement, light and perspective.

For more information about Nathan Sawaya,

nathansawaya.com

www.brickartist.com


Human expression and Human condition show a collection of sculptures made with a brilliant technical quality, in which all the bricks used by Nathan, blend together pop art and surrealism. Human figures ascend to heaven, rip open walls, or despair : He built the emotions, brick by brick;  the creations, constructed from individual LEGO pieces has led to something incredible.


Everlasting. Plastic Bricks. 42 x 34 x 12 inches

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Kiss. Plastic Bricks. 27 x 21 x 20 inches

nullYellow. Plastic Bricks. 28 x 35 x 19 inches. Plastic Bricks. 45 x 15 x 11 inches

nullYellow Courtney. Plastic Bricks. 30 x 45 inches

nullHugman, Street Art Installation – New York City | Image Courtesy of Nathan Sawaya

null Faberge,The Big Egg Hunt – New York City, 2014 | Image Courtesy of Nathan Sawaya

Under the Red Dress Project

Beth Whaang

Beth Whaanga’s series of photos called Under the Red Dress show the changes to her body caused by cancer. Photograph: Nadia Masot.

“How radical and provocative is an honest image of a woman’s body?
Beth Whaanga, a mother of four from Brisbane, Australia, is finding out after posting images on Facebook of her body following surgery for breast cancer late last year. Taken by Nadia Masot, the pictures are brilliantly direct, documenting Whaanga’s ongoing hair loss, total bilateral mastectomy, navel reconstruction and hysterectomy scar. Whaanga lost more than 100 friends on Facebook after posting the pictures – and then they went viral. A registered nurse, she describes herself as a “breast cancer preventer”, and hopes to make people more aware of the physical changes that might signal a problem.”

Source: The Guardian

Beth Whaanga2

See also: The Scar Project

“Regular Women” campaign

According to Chrystal Bougon, owner of plus-size lingerie store Curvy Girl, “There are so many pictures of models in lingerie, but I’m constantly asked for pictures of our products on ‘regular’ bodies… In the fashion world, anything over size 4 is considered plus-size. I know, it’s a big joke.”

Bougon stated: “Inspired by a customer, I wanted to show that women with rolls, bumps, lumps, scars, stretch marks, surgery scars and natural breasts that have nursed babies can be stunning and beautiful.” And women have responded in full-force, posting their own photos to Curvy Girl’s Facebook page in high numbers.


curvy girl lingerie

curvy girls

Source: Huffington Post

A Beautiful Body Project

“I began this book project unknowingly: After shooting some self-portraits with my 5-week-old son Sequoia accompanied by a blog about my newly-round post-Birth body, I was flooded with emails by mothers wanting to share their Incredible, Inspiring, & Sometimes Painful stories with me. It was then I realized I had to tell their untold stories, that a body of work begged to be created! Through Photographs & personal essays from these courageous mothers all over the country, I hope to offer a powerful healing tool for Mothers everywhere. Since inception, 1000’s of women have volunteered & the project ‘A Beautiful Body Project’ was born. Together we can redefine our culture’s idea of a beautiful woman. I have photographed and humbly listened to hundreds of stories now: Anorexia; childhood bulimia; a woman being told by her mother she was too fat to be a ballerina. Self-hatred; self-inflicted-suffering; Feeling unsexy because she perceived her nipples as imperfect; feeling unsexy because she lost too much weight after breast feeding; Feeling like there was something deeply wrong with her because she had only lost 5 pounds 9 months after the birth of her 2nd child; Sexual abuse; teenage & young adult drug addictions due to self loathing because she never felt beautiful; breast cancer after the birth of a long-awaited pregnancy; loss of a baby at birth with a wrinkly tummy & un-suckled breasts to remind her everyday of what might have been”.

Mother and Child

“There are so many stories shadowing mothers in our culture. We are, however, also tremendously blessed with vast amounts of freedom as American Women: we are lucky to be able to shape-shift concepts and ideas in our country. We have the ability to choose to feel worthy, to believe we are beautiful and to act as women who wish to share beauty and joy in this world as an inter-connected community of people seeking a beautiful and peaceful life. It is my hope in 2013 to find a publisher for this book of powerful photographs & stories in order to inspire thousands of other mothers who are eager to feel validated by witnessing this exploration of vulnerability as a collective”.

Source: http://jadebeall.com/a-beautiful-body-project/

Large Labia Project

“I have medium-large labia. I have meaty outer lips, & long thick inner lips. And my inner labia are different sizes. I love my labia. But some women don’t love theirs. Many women see unrealistic images and listen to misguided opinions and think their labia should be neat, small & invisible to be “normal”. This blog is all about fighting that view, by showing how perfectly normal and beautiful large labia are. Really they’re nothing special though, the average woman has them! Anyway I’ll show you mine & feel free to submit yours”.
Large Labia Project

Source: http://largelabiaproject.org/

Our Breasts

Our Breasts “celebrates the beautiful diversity of natural breasts, of all sizes, shapes, colours, ages and races. Breasts are such an important and integral part of what makes us feel feminine, sexual, and real women. By showing how all women are different, and uniquely special, as a gender we will be able to challenge the beliefs around what makes breasts beautiful. And in turn, we will be able to help women feel better about themselves. Help show the beauty of all women by contributing your breasts to this project”.Hi Emma, I’ve previously submitted to your large labia project tumblr, yet somehow I am finding submitting my breasts a hundred times more nerve-wracking. I guess boobs are so much more “out there”, whereas a vulva is still relatively rare outside porn! And everybody loves to have an opinion on boobs… I’m 39, and a 34A-B ish, depending on the time of the month. I’ve breast-fed two children. I used to hate being small, although I eventually came to realise that there are some advantages, specifically around clothing. After all, it is easier to add padding than it is to reduce breasts! However, while I’ve come to accept their size, on rare bad days I can still feel self-conscious about their shape - I’d love them to be a bit rounder and less tubular.  So thank you for this site, where I can remind myself on such days that we don’t all look like porn stars, and that actually that’s pretty cool.  x______________ Thanks for sharing your pretty breasts and being so brave. You’re wonderful, and really gorgeous. Honestly, I love your yummy mummy boobs. Be proud of them!!! :) Emmaxo

Source: http://ourbreasts.tumblr.com/

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres: Impefect/Perfect Art

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres was a french painter. During his life,he realized a lot of work,but heconcentrated his attention on the portraits of women,in which he usually deformed a body part. For example,he realized ”The Great Odalisque” and ”The Valpincon baither”. In both of them,the back of women is not regular.

 

Body Loving Blogs

Socially constructed ideas of beauty lead several women to have serious self-confidence problems,  in many cases to mental and physical illness and perhaps to suicide. Nowadays, it is not uncommon to easily find anti-body shaming posts from people proud to be how they really are, not constantly worried about social acceptance and judgement. This kind of posts are frequently grouped on image sharing sites, such as the wide Tumblr platform, and are linked to personal blogs of body love and appreciation.

I Am Not A Number:

“Acceptance is one of the greatest challenges in life. This is a place of encouragement and support in learning to love ourselves.”

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“I finally realized that being grateful to my body was key to giving more love to myself.”—<br />
Oprah Winfrey<br />

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“You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.”— <br />
Amy Bloom<br />

 

StopHatingYourBody:

“Our mission: to love ourselves, every last inch! To support others, help build positive self esteem! This is The Body Peace Revolution! This is a place of encouragement, a place to talk about body image, a place for feeling beautiful.”

TRIGGER WARNING: Anorexia, Bulimia, Self-Harm, Mental Illness<br />
My name is Courtney, and I have been struggling with an eating disorder since I was 9 years old. It was then that I went on my first diet- and I have been in a constant cycle of anorexia and bulimia ever since. I also have chronic depression and anxiety, and I have a tendency to engage in self-harm along with my eating disorder. <br />
Yet, you look at my body and do not see the stereotypical “anorexic” appearance. I have been told by my peers that I was lying about my disease because I am not skin and bones. I haven’t been taken seriously, and this has made me avoid getting help for so many years because I have convinced myself that as I am not skin and bones, I am not “worthy” of help.<br />
And I’ve finally realized that’s a load of BS. I started treatment last week, and I’m ending the cycle starting now. <br />
This is my body. It isn’t perfect. And I have been struggling to feel comfortable in it for a majority of my life now- but it is beautiful. It has survived years of abuse, bullying, emotional turmoil, and my two legs that I’ve always hated so much have carried me onwards through my life no matter how much I tore myself down. I’m ready to accept myself and love myself for exactly who I am. <br />
Because I’m not just going to be another statistic, another victim of this thin-obsessed world.<br />
I’m going to be better than society. <br />
My URL: redheaded-love<br />
BE BRAVE! JOIN THE BODY PEACE REVOLUTION!

“This is my body. It isn’t perfect. And I have been struggling to feel comfortable in it for a majority of my life now- but it is beautiful.” Courtney

These are just two of the hundreds of blogs spread across the network, which are instances of hope and pride. They may help other people to have their own personal acceptance, first of all.

Sources: http://shapesizeandscale.tumblr.com/
http://stophatingyourbody.tumblr.com/
http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/body-love

Elisabeth of Austria: Perfection make imperfection

Elisabeth of Austria or simply Sissi, was born in 1837 and in her life a lot of things happened. When she was sixteen,she married his cousin,the Emperor Of Austria,Franz Joseph 1°. She is an historical icon. During her life,she had a lot of problems.
Elisabeth had a lot of passions,including horses,that she loved.
But the Empress of Austria can be considered an imperfect beauty. In fact, the real woman wanted to be perfect and so she took care of her hair,but she was a thinness maniac: she was very thin. Elisabeth’s thinness was due to his research of perfection,but actually, she was not perfect. In addition his thinness caused her a depression that increased when in January,30th, 1889,the son,Rudolph committed suicide to Mayerling afetr murdering the lover,Maria Vetsera.
In the end,Elisabeth is a symbol to how the research of perfection provoke imperfection,not only to the body,but also to the soul of a person.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empress_Elisabeth_of_Austria

Simona Atzori: an (im)perfect dancer and painter

Simona Atzori was born without hands but she has a lot of fortitude and wilpower so now she is a dancer and a painter and she was also present during the last edition on Sanremo’s festival.

Here there is a Simona’s performance as dancer

Here there is her performance during Sanremo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuUWI44tJLE

and here there is a video in which she paints. This last video is in Italian.

Perfection is in the Imperfection

The representation of reality sometimes touches on perfection. This is happens in the paintings of Omar Ortiz, an American painter who gives us a series of works that seem photographs and not paintings thanks to the great similarity with reality. Omar loves design and graphic communication and he has gradually shifted to oil colours, reaching a formal perfection level that today many teachers of 60s or 70s could envy, as Chuck Close. If you look  his paintings, you will be impressed by the authenticity of reproductions that don’t neglect even a single fold of skin, a little ‘hair or detail of asymmetry. In this way the whole is so alive as to appear real. The painter prefers naked women, that usually are covered with drapes, in which he finds all the elements of classic harmony and beauty. He is surely talented and he  is depopulating on the web. I wonder if Ortiz would be able to make beautiful even women  less divine than those ones that he paint?

 

Translated from La perfezione sta nell’imperfezione « It’s not plastic – Arte, Moda, Architettura e Design raccontati dal chirurgo plastico

 

 

 

Defects Make us Special

Finally we are out of those heavy years in which, to be beautiful, we had to answer to strict aesthetic rules. The tendency that finds beauty through acceptance and the emphasis of own defects is growing, because what we consider flaws are, in any case, elements that distinguish us and make us unique. So we have to learn how to recognize our defects and, instead hiding them, trying to exploit them and turn them into points of attraction.

 

The Greatest Perfection is Imperfection

To Aristotle perfect meant complete, nothing to add or subtract. To Empedocles perfection depends on incompleteness since the latter possesses a potential for development and improvement. Here lies the paradox formulated by Italian Renaissance philosopher Giulio Cesare Vanini. The paradox of perfection is that imperfection is perfect. Gianni Cipriano travelled around Italy researching imperfect beauties in six different non-conventional beauty pageants and applied a color symbolism to each one:

Miss Cicciona (Chubby), pink;
Miss Trans, purple;
Miss Mediterranea, yellow;
Miss Plastic Surgery, fuchsia;
Miss Drag Queen, orange;
Miss Over, blue.

Six imperfect beauties (due to their weight, clothes, excess of silicone, or age) if compared to the typology of beauty imposed by mass media and the consumerist society we live in. In Italy, in particular, beauty has become a political tool during the Berlusconi era. Since the 80’s, his media empire has introduced a culture of luxury and sex to shape his electorate. Italy became in the mean time a country where half-naked beautiful women are plucked from TV studios and elevated into powerful positions. This culture has generated an unprecedented wave of castings and beauty pageants for girls and women of all ages all over Italy. In response to the aesthetic and political state of my country, Gianni Cipriano worked on Perfect, a series of 36 photographs focusing on how the beauty dictated by our politicized consumerist society is emulated by the masses, and on the link between imperfection and perfection.

Source: Perfect

Shinichi Maruyama: Nude

“I tried to capture the beauty of both the human body’s figure and its motion.
The figure in the image, which is formed into something similar to a sculpture, is created by combining 10,000 individual photographs of a dancer.
By putting together uninterrupted individual moments, the resulting image as a whole will appear to be something different from what actually exists.
With regard to these two viewpoints, a connection can be made to a human being’s perception of presence in life”.

Source: http://www.shinichimaruyama.com

 

Women’s imperfection

“The beauty is that square inch of skin that we see when we wake up next to our love.”     Inspired by this sentence of James Ballard, Jocelyn Bain Hogg, a british photographer, has collected an intimate gallery of imperfect women in ten years.  For the first time we have an inquiry about the beauty of imperfection female, close-up details and habitual gestures: stains, nose, gums, dark circles, minds and hair. With the project “ Muse” Bain Hogg took the details of ordinary women in his life: friends, family, coworkers. Portraits without pretense, manipulation or photoshop. The rediscovery of imperfection is an invitation to travel. In Italy, the beautiful girls today are beautiful all the same. The newspapers list the new and stupid surgery: create dimples in the cheeks, harmonizing the length of the toes, transplant the iris.  The photos of “Muse” portray defects but also the quirks, habits, habits of daily women, as those of which it is worth falling in love. “Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack everywhere, that’s how the light comes.” Leonard Cohen

Photo: Jocelyn Bain Hogg

Translated from: Bellezza IMperfetta « Fotografia e Stampe su tela

 

 

 

Albert Watson, Imperfection’s Beauty //

The limit that becomes a secret of an amazing glance.
Since he was a child, Albert Watson is blind at one of his eyes and so he observes the world throught his one eye.
He has turned his sight defect into a strength, and this allows him to sculpt the picture according to some revolutionaries canons.
In fact in 1993 Albert Watson took a picture of Kate Moss on the sunshine of Marrakech and committed himself to the ” cascade of morrocan sunlight”, molding her body in plastic shades of black and white.
And that portrait drove all the fashion’s world mad!