Untitled (Sex) was conceived as part of my research into the malleability of facial identity. For a while I was considering various methods of disguise, and started photographing myself upside down. The effect of the inversion of gravity proved to be a fascinating one: features are distorted and facial veins swell up to resemble a bodybuilder’s pump. But in a world that’s upside-down, the gravitational pressures on the digestive track are also inverted, allowing for some confusion around the functions of certain orifices and bodily fluids.
Lennaart van Oldenborgh (UK), Untitled (Sex), 1995, Video, 1:40 min, col