Pinar Yolaçan

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Pinar Yolacan: Perishables
by Pinar Yolacan
Publisher's Description
Are the clothes we wear a physical extension of the body, or are they an expression of the inner self? In Perishables, Pinar Yolaçan’s book of defiant portraits of WASP women of a certain age, clothing becomes quite literally a second skin. Yolaçan developed this project over the course of three years, casting her subjects through agencies and ads, even discovering a former Warhol model in her local Starbucks. For each she designed and fabricated an elaborate Victorian garment made in part or entirely of animal flesh-tripe, intestines, testicles. It is no coincidence that the garments eerily mimic the facial expressions of their wearers; the pinched, ruched, ruffled, and ultimately decaying flesh underscores the women’s age, their mannerisms, and the passage of time.

For Yolaçan, the portraits were almost an afterthought, a means to document the individual reactions to this external flesh-the women’s attempts to find a sense of equilibrium in their new skin-rather than an end in themselves. And yet these photographs stand on their own as riveting and occasionally disturbing testimony, simultaneously addressing issues of cultural anthropology, sociology, art, and fashion.
ISBN: 3865211615
Publisher: Steidl
Hardcover : 48 pages
Language: English
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