Vanessa Beecroft, C-print, 2001
The female body is central in the oeuvre of the Italian-American artist Vanessa Beecroft. She focuses on how this body is treated. Is the woman deprived of her freedom and is she regarded as a sex object, prey of idealism or victim of voyeurism?
This photo captured the performance ‘VB45’, which inaugurated the opening of the Kunsthalle in Vienna. The leather boots, designed by Helmut Lang, and the arrangement of the models emphasize a militaristic character on the one hand. On the other hand, the women are fully made up and prepared for a fashion show. Suppressed by the compulsion, some women have already sat down tired during the performance and stare emotionlessly into the distance.
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