Friday, January 22, 2010

Ivonne Thein


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Ivonne Thein, 32kg (03), 2006, C-print

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Ivonne Thein, 32kg (13), 2006, C-print

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Ivonne Thein, 32kg (02), 2006, C-print

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Ivonne Thein, 32kg (11), 2006, C-print

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Ivonne Thein, 32kg (01), 2006, C-print

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Ivonne Thein, 32kg (07), 2006, C-print


From Jaunary 22 on, Galerie Voss will show photo works by Ivonne Thein. Her series "Thirty-two kilos" has already drawn a lot of public attention. Her photographs deal with the pathological striving of girls and women. Simultaneously, the artist calls the role of photography into question, on the one hand as a document providing compelling evidence, but on the other as a consciously manipulated image. Besides referring to the phenomenon of the so-called Pro-Ana movement which creates and constitutes extreme body images and ideals of femininity, Ivonne Thein employs the tools, modes of presentation, and superficiality of the fashion world in her visual language and compositional style. Furthermore, she has manipulated her photographs on the computer, turning slender models into anorexic bodies. Faceless and positioned in disconcerting poses, they oscillate in a transitory state between femininity and morbidity. The female figure in the hermetic photographs of Ivonne Thein is constructed, artificial – a doll. The latest series' "Unvollkommen" (Imperfect) and "Proforma" seize today's beauty ideals, as well. Digital post-production and staging allow the artist to overdraw and exaggerate those very ideals, and thus expose their ridiculousness.

The exhibition "incredible me" will run at Galerie Voss until February 27, 2010.

Text and images found here.

50 comments:

Alina said...

Wow..These images are disturbing. They get the point across.

Chessa! said...

these are extraordinart bc they are so disturbing and upsetting. It really is terrible to think that this "pro-ana" movement is so prevalent and a lot of girls really see that body size and type as ideal when really it is so unhealthy and unsafe and unattractive.

Kellie said...

I know there are women/girls out there that will see those and think "I wish I was that size" but truthfully does anyone really find that attractive? It's sick and unhealthy and definitely not attractive in my book. I was glad to read these were manipulated but even still unfortunately there are people out there that look like that.

Pretty Little World said...

This is definitely an effective visual essay. You don't see many models who are this near death, but they're sooo close to it.

It also really makes you question what it is about such thinness that people idolize.

What a great series -- thank you for posting!!

Summer said...

Woah.

The whole time I was looking at them I kept hoping that they were photoshopped....

Sad that so many girls think this is the goal.

Diane said...

these images really bother me. and i'm not easily bothered, as you might know.

since i've been sick i've lost so much weight, and i somewhat see myself that skinny and sickly looking, although i realize these are manipulated/exaggerated. but it's so ugly and sad and i really want to fatten up. girls should know that women are supposed to be curvy and squishy in places - it's what makes us women!

bananas. said...

Whoa...

Thats some intense shit. I shivered looking at those images but i'm really drawn to their meaning. its a rude awakening and i like it.

sherri said...

yuck. when I see people this thin I always feel like they look like they are going to break. I guess to those w/body dysmorphia if a girl looked like that at herself in the mirror, she would think she was fat. Truly hard to imagine.

Down and Out Chic said...

wow, incredibly disturbing. the photo manipulation is interesting too and her work is definitely thought provoking. nice choice here.

5thsister said...

As a recovered Anorexic/bulimic I find these images disturbing because, in my eyes, these manipulated/photoshopped images are somewhat beautiful in a twisted, contorted way.

Yes. Disturbing. Because I thought I was "healed". Thanks Droll!

Bathwater said...

I hope people realize these are NOT real people. These photos have been altered to the extreme to illustrate a point.

We uses the tools available to much when it comes to photos, and images. It is causing a backlash that is also undesirable where people want obese to be acceptable.

Iva said...

heartbreaking, but the point is clear: "faceless...artificial....a doll". Truly sad that at some point beauty, mass media, and societal pressures, created an idealized standard of an unhealthy, unattainable, unrealistic "norm" for thin as the epitome of beautiful and attractiveness. Beauty is not one thing, beauty is not the size of ones clothes, beauty is not hurting yourself. beauty is you. the way you were born. that what makes you, YOU.

KLaw said...

These images are so heartbreaking.

Tia said...

Wow.
That just looks painful.
I cannot believe there are people who think this looks good.

Rita/Fighting Off Frumpy said...

I once researched an article about the pro-ana movement ... and though these images may be altered, there are real-life models who are very nearly this size - and real-life people who aspire to be that way too. It's painful to look at, isn't it?

diane said...

Woa! I could barely scroll through those images fast enough. I'm so glad to know that they were computer generated. Any work done to raise awareness of health is important. Kudos to the photographer!

Tom Tuttle from Tacoma said...

good work. i won't be surprised even if they're real models weighing 32 kilos.

goodness, i didn't know about those slangs used to refer to eating disorders. "thinspiration".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro-ana

Trixie said...

Wow sad

That second one looks like a real model's body.

Trixie said...

And I'm not sure if people want obese to be acceptable...I'm thinking it's more that people want sizes 10 and 12 not to be considered obese! Because they are NOT

Gary Heller said...

Thanks for the heads up on this exhibit.
I like the concept and where the photographer has taken this project.
i'm very much taken with the last image posted here. I find it visually appealing and disturbing at the same time, which is porobaly the point. I think it succeeds in a way where the others in the series do not. The shape, lighting and contorted way about the pose and its morbidly thin frame keeps me looking both pleased and appaled at once.
Wish I could attend.
Thanks for sharing this

Raina Cox said...

WHOA. These stopped me in my tracks.

I'm pretty sure I was 32 kilos at birth.

Ela said...

This makes me really sad...I know it's supposed to "expose their ridiculousness" but I think some with severe body image issues might just look at this and think it IS ideal. I always feel for those with eating disorders, it breaks my heart when people can only see their "flaws" and can't see how beautiful they really are.

Happy weekend, J-doll :)

Tracie said...

Intense and disturbing. Glad to see that these were digitally altered not their true sizes.

Very powerful images.

Jenni said...

So ha[[y to hear that these are not actually women. As I was looking through them I was amazed at their too thin bodies. So sad that this is what society has come too. Hopefully this helps someone out there who is troubled to see that this is not sexy.

Caroline said...

All I have to say is thank god these images have been manipulated! She does an amazing job...because they don't look altered! I love how though provoking this is...especially in light of...that freakish 23 yr old that went and got all that crap done.

I really wish we could get over this crazy ideal body thing. It's about being healthy not skinny or even perfect! GAH! This shit gets me crazy!

Yelena R. said...

Wow, so disturbing, but yet so powerful...

Alisa said...

Yikes! I think I will go eat some donuts!

Melanie's Randomness said...

Omg at first I was like what weird positions this model is in, then I took a more closer look. I am SO HAPPY that's a doll. If i was that skinny...I...don't know what I'd do. I'd be too afraid of the wind blowing cuz it might push me over.

Good for her that she's making a statement.

jennifer from pittsburgh said...

By employing a fashion shoot sort of style, I'm not sure that the message the photographer says she wants to get across is the one that she's getting across.
I think that a more clinical approach would've been much more effective, with the subject in a hospital gown against a cement block wall with peeling paint and an iron institutional bed with a soiled mattress and rubber sheet in the back ground.

Kaz said...

I watched a documentary last night about the pro-ana sites, and about the struggles people have with loving their bodies

And it made me cry

But it made me so much more appreciative of my own body

A body that's a bit saggy and a bit baggy. A body that's not that pretty

But it's a body that enables me to do the things I want to do. It's a body that's been particuarly forgiving to me, no matter what I put it through

And it makes me angry that some of us feel pressure to look a particular way

These images are disturbing. But what's more disturbing is that the pro-ana sites would put these up as being what their viewers should aspire to. And those viewers would believe that

It's so sad. It really is

Sam said...

These are a little difficult to like - a bit on the icky side to say the least - but then that's the point I guess.

Annie said...

hard to look at these....i kept thinking is that a real person? very powerful photos...

Vivienne said...

Oh so wrong, but fascinating images and manipulation.

Vee said...

Those images are...difficult to look at because that is the ideal for some girls/women.

Jill said...

Off to make some nachos!

Heather Taylor said...

These photos are frightening. I feel very unnerved staring at them for too long.

blueviolet said...

I'm glad those weren't real! Horrid! (But sadly the recovering anorexic in me found a few of them envy inducing)

Asylum Dolly said...

Holy shit. I was immensely relieved to read that these were photoshopped images!!! It's a very disturbing series, but really clever.I've seen photos in magazines that really are not too far away from this :S Very sad. I really don't understand what is so beautiful about being underweight. To me, people who think women need to look ultra thin are pretty much saying that women should be weak, fragile, unempowered little "things", devoid of will, personality, and strength. It makes me sick.
Admittedly,I am in the process of trying to lose a few kilos, BUT, not to this extreme! I LIKE my boobs and my hips, and if other people don't like them, they don't have to fucking look!
Anyhoo, I'll stop ranting. This is some amazing and thought provoking art!

Diana said...

I know it's really disturbing but I love what the goal is. To scare the crap out of you. It worked! (not literally, but you know what i mean....)

Char said...

soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo disturbing

Clorivak said...

Oh Damn...too many bones going on there. this is indeed an eye opener. It makes me appreciate my bagel of a belly...heehee. ;)

Prairie Chicken... said...

I'm hungry

CAPow! said...

those photos make me really uncomfortable. It's can't be comfortable living in a body so frail with such harsh angles. Some get that girl to a buffet, STAT!

frenchie said...

she's definitly making her point here. it made me feel sick.
thx for putting forward artists like that...

Phoenix said...

These are very hard to look at, but for a very good cause.

Kudos to her for making art do what it's supposed to do - make people uncomfortable.

Also, re: Matt - he does seem like a bit of an airhead, doesn't he? lol I guess bimbo's aren't my type :)

alissa said...

ok so glad i read the description and that she manipulates these on the computer. because seriously how could these chicas be alive

Hanako66 said...

i understand the message, but these are really hard to look at

anotherfishinthesea said...

This was difficult to look at, it really made my skin crawl a bit. Thank you for always providing thought provoking posts...

Layla said...

omg! Does anyone think these could actually provoke girls into pro-ana movement too? ('she's a model and she's soo thin'?) I hope not!

couture dresses said...

If you know what the purpose is then you can understand it. But I am very worried that girls with anorexia after seeing these photos will think it's ok to look like this. They will have some kind of permission to their disorder.