2018 Finalists

Ben MCGEE

Artist statement: Modern cinema, television and music videos present us with a myriad of references to stripping; often unrelated or unimportant to the context in which the reference is given.

Unconsciously laden with these clichés about stripping, I began photographing annually at a strip club in Adelaide in 2014. The photographs in this continuing body of work reveal not only glamour, objectification and eroticism, they search for something more intimate; a composition of stories that sensitively show a narrative. The photographs in this series are akin to a journal of coexistence and dialogue with one stripper over a 12-hour period, seeking to break free of given narratives and clichés. It is part of a series of similar interactions that transgress the photographer’s place as an impervious observer.

www.benmcgee.com.au

Untitled  2017
from the series Naked view
pigment ink-jet print
33.0 x 50.0 cm
courtesy of the artist

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