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Bodies, Desires, Identities. The Photography of Jan Saudek

Flagge, Sara LU (2005)
Abstract
Jan Saudek is an internationally renowned, yet academically unexplored photographer who makes staged, black and white (but often hand-coloured) photographs: obviously arranged, and erotically charged, images of the naked, semi-naked or dramatically costumed body. In this paper I present the work of Saudek, especially his performative self-portraits, and discuss the question of desire and subjectivity in relation to these images. I propose that there is an ambivalent desire at play here: Saudek’s "theatre of the body" indicates a need to be visually confirmed as an Ego, but also a need to be visually confirmed as a continually changing Other. His staged photography does in this way show a narcissistic and exhibitionistic desire to be... (More)
Jan Saudek is an internationally renowned, yet academically unexplored photographer who makes staged, black and white (but often hand-coloured) photographs: obviously arranged, and erotically charged, images of the naked, semi-naked or dramatically costumed body. In this paper I present the work of Saudek, especially his performative self-portraits, and discuss the question of desire and subjectivity in relation to these images. I propose that there is an ambivalent desire at play here: Saudek’s "theatre of the body" indicates a need to be visually confirmed as an Ego, but also a need to be visually confirmed as a continually changing Other. His staged photography does in this way show a narcissistic and exhibitionistic desire to be Someone without being entirely trapped as this Someone. (Less)
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performace, body, Jan Saudek, desire, identity, Self, photography, Other
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  abstract     = {Jan Saudek is an internationally renowned, yet academically unexplored photographer who makes staged, black and white (but often hand-coloured) photographs: obviously arranged, and erotically charged, images of the naked, semi-naked or dramatically costumed body. In this paper I present the work of Saudek, especially his performative self-portraits, and discuss the question of desire and subjectivity in relation to these images. I propose that there is an ambivalent desire at play here: Saudek’s "theatre of the body" indicates a need to be visually confirmed as an Ego, but also a need to be visually confirmed as a continually changing Other. His staged photography does in this way show a narcissistic and exhibitionistic desire to be Someone without being entirely trapped as this Someone.},
  author       = {Flagge, Sara},
  keyword      = {performace,body,Jan Saudek,desire,identity,Self,photography,Other},
  language     = {eng},
  title        = {Bodies, Desires, Identities. The Photography of Jan Saudek},
  year         = {2005},
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