Ivonne Thein, o.T. 04 (32kg), photograph, 2008.
Thein photographed healthy models in fashion scenarios and with the aid of digital manipulation was able to transform the images into these extremes. “Thirty-two kilos” was inspired by the artist’s fascination with the Pro-Ana movement. Pro-Ana refers to the belief by some that anorexia should be considered a lifestyle choice instead of a mental illness.
Ivonne Thein, o.T. 07 (32kg), photograph, 2008.
Identities in this imagery have been hidden by wigs and bandages in a venture to negotiate the humanity of her subjects. This objectification approaches the nucleus of the problem by displaying the absurdity of the goal. When the body becomes object criterions that sustain life cease to apply.
Ivonne Thein, o.T. 12 (32kg), photograph, 2008.
22 January – 27 February 2010