Human Being, photography
winner Jindřich Chalupecký Award , 2005
Astrit Ismaili art is, subject and object, at the same time. He utilized the male body to develop his own self-knowledge. The images of the body that this young Kosovan is experimenting with suggest a diffuse intimacy while tending to dissuade a voyeuristic approach. Unlike most of the images we are faced with on a daily basis, where the body is treated like a commodity to be used and consumed, or an icon to adore at safe distance, Astrit Ismaili employs his body to initiate a dialog with himself. He places his body in familiar settings, though at the limits of our experience, presenting it as a symbol of receptivity, a meeting place between himself and the rest of the world, a communicative model in which information about his experience is presented and reflected upon. The portraits are stage-managed, with clothing, make-up, mise-en-scène and settings, carefully conceived to result in highly sophisticated pictorial compositions.He uses his own body as a model to investigate his own vision and not another's vision of his body. Ismaili's projects images and symbols, hopes and fears onto the male body. He uses it like a gesticulative vector not fully known to him, communicating to the viewer the novelty of his encounter.
02. 10. 2011 14:00:38
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