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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