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 Antonia Wagner-Strauss, Iron Body 2016- 2017

Artist Statement: Iron Body is a steel sculpture - a structure that gets into a dialogue with the body by helping it to stretch into an arch.
The body position of the arch is symbolically and historically charged, was coined as a symptom of the highly controversial disease pattern of so-called hysteria since antiquity and used as a means to establish a specific stereotypical female image. 

Using the device not to reproduce, but to appropriate and subvert this image, I’m staging my body on the sculpture, turning the formerly exposed, fragile position into a self-empowering pose that demands strength and full consciousness of my own body and muscles, the sculpture becoming rather a tool for self-reflection, realization and revelation than a torture machine.
The photographic process becomes a performative action in dialogue with the moving body, through the assertive gesture the struggle against oppression becomes visible in muscles and limbs.
Iron Body is thematizing a collective and historical memory of violence against women and their exploitation. The work establishes a connection to Louise Bourgeois’ Hysterical Arc, 1993, Bourgeois’ work being a body in limbo over the floor whereas Iron Body is a deeply grounded structure on the floor - the heavy mass of steel pulling all the weight to the ground.

© 2016/17 Antonia Wagner-Strauss. All Rights Reserved.

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Genius Arachy & Mikako’s Doki Doki Photo Date!  

Olive, March 3, 1998

This is an eight-page article in Olive of Araki’s photo session with a 19 year old Mikako Ichikawa in Shinjuku in December of 1997. Olive was one of the dominant teen fashion magazines in Japan in the 1990s. The article, chock-full of charming quotes on love and photography by Araki,  is a report of the session by an editor who accompanied the two. It is illustrated with photographs of Araki in action with his Contax G1 by Sakiko Nomura.  

Meet Ricardo, One Of The Undocumented Immigrants Who Works At A Trump Hotel

Ricardo is an undocumented immigrant and works hard at three different jobs — and one of those jobs is at a Trump hotel.

In an incredible video from New Left Media, Ricardo describes working as a busboy at the only restaurant at Trump Soho, and his subsequent reaction to Trump’s claim that undocumented immigrants from Mexico — hardworking immigrants like himself — are criminals.

“I am not a criminal. I am not a drug dealer. I am definitely not a rapist,” he says.

Though he cannot vote, Ricardo uses his craft and passion — he has a degree in photography — to give a voice to himself and members of the undocumented community in New York.

In one scene of the clip, Ricardo photographs other immigrants holding signs reading, among other things, “I am not a criminal.”

Ricardo also points out that while some Republicans have criticized Trump for his comments, many of them share the same kinds of extremist positions when it comes to immigrants, Latinos, and immigration.

“I may have an accent, but I’m not stupid,” he says.

Ricardo realizes the risks in going public — specifically, getting fired — but he also wants to speak up for his family and community, and that’s a risk he’s willing to take for them.