Convocando, através de carta, pessoas para participarem nesse projeto, Coburn equaciona afetos, textos e fotografias para construir uma série de retratos que figuram tanto questões ligadas a autoimagem e suas formas de representação, quanto uma consciência da pose enquanto encenação para o outro ou para si próprio. Explorando a pose sexy faz uma paródia do modo como escolhemos nos mostrar ao mundo, nas inúmeras mediações que experimentamos.
I approach potential models with a letter asking them to pose for a photograph with the intention of making themselves desirable to a person of their choosing. The model chooses his/her attire and location for the photo session. They are then asked to provide a written response to the act of being photographed. The images are presented alongside their written response. This project examines concepts related to the physical/psychological condition one experiences through the process of self-objectification.
The photograph that I am seeking isn’t the one that you might show your significant other. I am looking for the in-between images that visually examine the emotional state of my sitter. This might come across in a facial expression, body position, etc. I am hoping that these images, coupled with the written account of the experience presented by each model, might offer interesting insight into the phenomenon of self-objectification. These won’t be the digitally altered, over-polished images that we typically see on television or in the media. Artist statement