Aliocha Merker

“Divine Cracks” represents the idealisation of the feminine essence as source of creative rebirth, an ode to woman as her whole: life originator/object of male desire/regent of the universal order.

After a painful personal event I needed to get back in touch with my masculine side and confront my torn relation to women (mother, ex-wife, lovers…); to do so I simply had to get closer to the mystery of womanhood, chasing my very own “Origine du Monde”. I went to the essence of the origin of life and looked at its abstractness to find an image that is at the same time eerily erotic and confusely evocative. The strong contrast of the print together with the detail of the framing generates an abstraction of the human body, almost as if it were the marble statue of a classical “divinity”. The anatomic detail is subtly revealed within the black of the line confining the erotic tension to an almost subconscious level. The result forms a “crack” in the white idyll of the paper, a fracture that shatters all certainties of the male universe, a slight discomfort, a faint embarassment… the photographic medium reminds the viewer that everything is real, attainable, earthly yet uncanny. In the end every single image takes a life of its own, mutating into anything anyone sees in it.

The images don’t bear names, only numbers, making all the subjects equivalent, at the same time different from one another, thus sanctioning the uniqueness of each and every woman.

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Title: CRACK#19 from the DIVINE CRACKS series
Medium: ANALOG PHOTOGRAPHY
Size: 100X100cm
Date: 2013-2016

 

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Title: CRACK#19 from the DIVINE CRACKS series
Medium: ANALOG PHOTOGRAPHY
Size: 100X100cm
Date: 2013-2016

 

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Title: CRACK#19 from the DIVINE CRACKS series
Medium: ANALOG PHOTOGRAPHY
Size: 100X100cm
Date: 2013-2016

 

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Title: CRACK#19 from the DIVINE CRACKS series
Medium: ANALOG PHOTOGRAPHY
Size: 100X100cm
Date: 2013-2016

 

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Title: CRACK#19 from the DIVINE CRACKS series
Medium: ANALOG PHOTOGRAPHY
Size: 100X100cm
Date: 2013-2016