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Bodies and Space

Nov 18, 2022 - Alena Schmick

It’s cinema and sculpture that inspire me, rarely photography. Two opposing approaches to showing bodies.  


Sculptures occupy a space, are matter and surface, have weight – things photography can never have and that’s why it fascinates me so much.


Film shows bodies in motion, in transformation, in communication.


— The maid’s neck exposed to the hungry gaze of Vincent Gallo. (Trouble Every Day, Claire Denis, 2001) —


— The bodies of the young men, moving  through the night as a bristling group, bare shoulders shine in the streetlight. (Beach Rats, Eliza Hittman, 2017) —


— The trapped body in a foreign city – trapped in the hotel room, trapped in its role, trapped in its latex clothing. (Irma Vep, Olivier Assayas, 1996) —


— Jodie Foster’s struggling and determined body as she runs alone through a forest in the first scene of The Silence of the Lambs. (Jonathan Demme, 1991) —


— The foreign legionnaire dances alone, smoking, in the mirrored club to The Rhythm of the Night. (Beau Travail, Claire Denis, 1999) —