Talia Binkin

Studies of Existing Nudes, 2017

Talia Binkin’s photographic series, Studies of Existing Nudes, challenges the historical representations of the female body in five iconic works featuring the ‘nude’: Birth of Venus, Sandro Botticelli. 1484, Olympia, Edouard Manet.1863, La Grande Odalisque, Jean-Auguste- Dominique Ingres, 1814, Naked Maja, Francisco Goya, 1800 and Venus of Urbino, Titian. 1538.

This restaging challenge the conventional notions of ‘beauty’ historicised in the white female form. Photographing five young female bodies Binkin reimagines the nude from a more racially diverse perspective as well as questioning the difference between the nude and the naked body. Referencing Kenneth Clark’s (1956 ) notion of the’ nude’ and the ‘naked’ Binkin covers her subjects ‘nudity’ by dressing them in a flesh coloured bodysuit that ironically represents the nude re-formed.