Thursday, 28 March 2013

Linder Sterling - Femme/Objet @MAM Paris

Image © Pierre Antoine

From photography to photomontage, rebellious feminist Linder Sterling’s striking imagery has been inspired by Punk and Dadaism among other genres, to create various forms of expression seen through costume, video, performance and music. 
From the now iconic photo of a woman's body with lips for breasts and an iron as a head for The Buzzcocks’ Orgasm Addict album sleeve, to her 2009 i-D cover collaboration with photographer Tim Walker (The Insi-De Outsi-De Issue), in which she pasted giant pink lips and a flower over a photograph - her works from the mid-70s through to the present day all follow the theme of denouncing the over sexualisation of women in the media and society.

Her work takes classic pornography shots and over sexualised images of women, and fuses them deliberately with absurd pictures of everyday objects - think cakes and cutlery and flowers, most of which appear strategically placed.
Her fascination with lips is also clear to see in many of her visual explorations - even on the wall of her current exhibition "Femme/Objet" (Woman / Object) at Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris, a neon quote by Sterling reads, Women have more than one pair of lips”.

A well known face on Manchester's music scene in the 70s and 80s, the show also includes a video of the infamous Ludus gig at the Haçienda in 1982 in which Sterling sang wearing a dress made of chicken parts (oh Gaga, that meat dress wasn't so original then), and a strap-on dildo, just to top the outfit off. You can watch one of the only clips of that gig which exists online HERE, if you like blurry-vision and no sound that is. The one in the exhibition is far better quality of course.

The show spans her deliberately provocatively archive including some aggressively sexual and sometimes brutal imagery, all hidden behind sheer curtains and veils which the visitor can choose to see, or not to see.


‘Linder Sterling Femme/ Objet' runs until 21st April 2013 at Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris. 

Go see!

OH GRATEFUL COLOURS BRIGHT LOOKS VI / i-D & TIM WALKER

OH GRATEFUL COLOURS BRIGHT LOOKS II / i-D & TIM WALKER

SANS TITRE 1977

TROÏKA

SANS TITRE 1981

SANS TITRE 1979
HIDING BUT STILL NOT KNOWING / ALL IMAGES ABOVE © Linder Sterling

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