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Guy Bourdin at the V&A, 21ST April
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From: Remi
Category: Exhibitions
Date: 22 April 2003

Review

The start of the exhibition is a listless model adjusting her position on a chair. There are many harrowing images of dead models or sparsely clad women in compromising positions often looking helpless. Bourdin plays image games with words and word-games with images as we can see from the incisively-named photographs. We notice a woman with a Vietnamese-style hat. This might be a reference to the recently concluded Soth East Asian conflict. Otherwise political connotations are few; a purely political interpretation of these images would be trying. In a secluded room, enjoy the repeated relaxations of clicking slides. Then observe the exacting minutiae of Bourdin's world. Descriptions of scenes hang suspended on thin wire in a glass box. A cool, objectifying vision of the world: everything recorded in egrossing detail. The most accomplished images are surely the ones postioned above the hapless polaroids, acutely lit and composed scenes from forests and beaches. On regret: the War in Iraq and the Congo, a lesser regret: that there were not 70s pics which elicit the response 'phew! Look at those flares and faldangos!/

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