This visual project was originally inspired by the paintings of Francisco de Goya (Tres de Mayo, 1814), Edouard Manet (L’Exécution de Maximilien, 1868) and Yue Minjun (Execution, 1995).
The artistic side of the project is important. Anyone taking part is free to add their personal touch to this participative project and their photo (nudity is the only artistic condition).
You can also contribute to the project through other artistic means (drawings, paintings, sculptures, videos, etc.) see How can I take part ?
Anonymity, depersonalization and nudity are all essential aspects of the project because they erase all other social and professional elements.
Anonymity and depersonalization
Breast cancer concerns all women, regardless of age, education, wealth, professional or personal situation, religion, convictions, etc.
The artistic aim is to create an anonymous mass by showing a series of depersonalized images of women, like in the Terracotta Army in the mausoleum of the Emperor Qin, where the soldiers at first appear identical but on closer inspection prove to individuals, each different from one another.
As a consequence, no one participating in the project (whether models, photographers, webmasters, IT technicians, doctors or health professionals) will be identified. The anonymity of participants and respect for confidentiality ensure that the project works well.
Breast cancer directly affects a woman’s bodily image and therefore infringes on her femininity.
The nudity in this project reinforces that message, albeit implicitly.
Finally, a woman who agrees to undress, even anonymously, is making an important contribution to this artistic project.
It therefore seems coherent to represent women as naturally as possible.
The final image
The idea is to create a poetic, muted, slightly evanescent and gently blurred image. This is intended to evoke the stealthy and hidden spread of cancer.
The first thing one sees is a block of colour, with the details of the image emerging slowly if the spectator takes the time to look at it.
The idea behind the shaded, coloured finish and blurred outlines is to encourage the spectator to take the time to observe and contemplate.
This need for concentration makes the image more valuable and worthy of respect.
This way of observing a work of art belongs to the Japanese tradition (described in Jun’ichirō Tanizaki’s In Praise of Shadows) and is reminiscent of some Gerhard Richter paintings.
The initial photos are graphically processed and therefore become true works of art.
This project aims to be participative. It can only exist through people joining together
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