Julião Sarmento Untitled (Bataille) 1976

Artwork details

Artist
Julião Sarmento born 1948
Title
Untitled (Bataille)
Date 1976
Medium 50 digital prints on paper mounted onto fibreboard panels
Dimensions Displayed dimensions: 2250 x 6000 x 300 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist 2007
Reference
T12747
Not on display

Display caption

Here Sarmento visually interprets the philosopher Georges Bataille’s 1957 book Eroticism through a series of 25 photographs in which a headless female torso is gradually obscured by increasing shadow. The accompanying photo-text panels were written by Sarmento in French. The photographs convey the consumption of the body, which becomes the site of an intensely charged involvement for artist and viewer. In the centre an extract from Bataille’s essay and images of attractive women reflect the philosopher’s speculation that female beauty awakens desire.

March 2010

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