VANILLA PARTNER by Torbjørn Rødland

ノルウェー人フォトグラファー、トールビョルン・ロドランド(Torbjørn Rødland)の作品集。作家活動を始めた90年代中頃から一貫しているその独特な個性そのままに、故郷のオスロから東京・北京、活動拠点としているロサンゼルスで撮影されたフェティッシュなイメージ群がテーマに合わせた編集を避け、分離されたレイアウトの中で結びつけられている。

Torbjørn Rødland's photography is direct but idiosyncratic, pushing at the boundaries of aesthetic and social norms. His fifth book, Vanilla Partner, continues in this vein, combining images of fetishized isolation in a layout that rejects the linear structure of thematic photography books. Rødland’s practice navigates through the problematic and seemingly unchanging heart of popular photography. Accepting neither the humanist realism of most photographic portraiture nor the postmodern role-play, Vanilla Partner explores the cultural complexities and archaic foundation of contemporary image-making. Reconstructed scenes of ultrasoft BDSM read like twisted metaphors for photography’s ability to freeze or capture. The book title, dripping in innuendo, also poses a question about the ambiguity of the relationship between the artist and his medium. Is Rødland acknowledging the medium’s straight foundation or does he see himself dominated by it? Many of the images also have explicit political references, often linked to the 1980 US Presidential election. Vanilla Partner brings together works made in Oslo, Tokyo, Beijing and Rødland’s current home, Los Angeles.

by Torbjørn Rødland

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hardcover
158 pages
215 x 255 mm
color
2012

published by MACK