Tactile and visual, skin is a thin and sensitive layer of protection which is the physical and cultural diaphragm between the inside of the body and the outside world.
SKIN, 5th edition of Visible White Photo Prize 2016, an open call for photographic works, 5,000 € prizes.
Selections by Irene Alison, Krzysztof Candrowicz, Louise Clements, Erik Kessels and Anna-Alix Koffi. Prize winners will be chosen by Nicoletta Leonardi and Lucia Minunno.
"Skin is an intersubjective membrane which is both tactile and visual, a thin and sensitive layer of protection which is the physical and cultural diaphragm between the inside of the body and the outside world.
“To have a thick skin” is a common expression that denotes an exceptional ability to protect oneself, one's body’s inner world, from the pressures of the outside world. Skin is the surface through which the psycho-physical perception of the other passes through. It's the place of physical contact, transmission of desire, but also of infection, and it's where the gaze of others rests. Skin reveals gender, race, trauma, aging, illness, irritation, excitement and emotion. Photography's exploration of the epidermis is a way to focus on, query and interpret this place of signs and of social, religious, and psychological rituals.
The theme can be approached from different perspectives. Look at skin to reflect on issues of identity, gender, class, ethnicity, race, ecology, politics, and technology, by addressing desire, trauma, ego, aging, torture, submission, multi-sensoriality, self-injury, tattoos, the different contours of sexuality, nanotechnology, implants, disease, contamination and contagion. All these issues in the context of varied geopolitical tensions, economy, sustainability and digital culture (from connectivity to gaming and mobile media)" - Nicoletta Leonardi and Lucia Minunno.
10. March 2016