Photography Carmen Bado and the body as raw material
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Carmen Bado and the body as raw material

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Giorgia Massari
Carmen Bado | Collater.al

The sculptural body of art director and artist Carmen Bado becomes the protagonist of her own artwork. The Paris-based artist literally lays herself bare, applying different types of materials, especially liquids, directly onto herself. In this sense, Carmen Bado transposes the body into raw material, exposing it to experiments or, as she calls them, ‘visual accidents’.

The application process becomes an integral part of her works, a performance that illustrates bodily change, focusing on textures such as goose bumps, skin folds and scars. Putting herself at the centre of her works is fundamental for Carmen Bado, who conceives her research as a method of emancipation from a patriarchal society and, at the same time, a way of taking control of herself in the face of a family that has always conceived the exposure of the female body as a big taboo.

Her experience as an art director allows Carmen Bado to shoot photographs with impeccable aesthetics. Lights and shadows are carefully taken care of, as are the colour contrasts. “Each production has its own story where the background, the empty space, are as important as the subject.” says the artist.

The uniqueness of Carmen Bado’s work lies in creating an ambiguity that oscillates between sensuality, and thus the sexual appeal of the body, and the cancellation of malice. On the one hand the body becomes sculpture, appearing almost as an inanimate object, on the other hand, especially in the video component, the body comes alive with a strong erotic charge. A kind of living sculpture living in a vibrant environment.
Certainly, this dualism leads to a deeper, almost provocative reflection, touching on delicate themes such as the commodification of the female body and the need to break down what are still strong preconceptions.

Carmen Bado | Collater.al
Carmen Bado | Collater.al
Carmen Bado | Collater.al

Find out more on her website | Courtesy Carmen Bado

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