Sunday, March 25, 2012

Les Femmes Heretiques

Les Femmes Hérétiques / AWARD: IPA Los Angeles, LICC London Intl. Creative Competition

Recently, a group of archeologists in Israel found a mural representing Jesus as a woman, with a crown of flowers, pearls around her neck and red painted lips. It could be the not only symbolical confirmation, of God feminine nature, as in the past many heretics declared among them Wilhelmina the Bohemian. 

The hypothesis is fascinating and, if true, would change immediately the bone structure of the contemporary society, frozen in a hard to kill paternalism. Our "femmes", not at all aiming to be divine, represent all sacrifices and suffering that women had to bear along history, and that allowed them to evolve into the so called “women century” - the nineteen hundreds -, and which we should never forget and always keep mind as far as conquests and emancipation. [Winkler + Noah]

Exhibited in Milan (2010).

For Winkler+Noah, photography was the most fitting point of arrival for an artistic itinerary that they began instinctively from childhood, exploring all the forms of expression that they encountered — painting, drawing and sculpture — amalgamating them and trying out blends between different media.


This creative need for self-expression matured over the years, first becoming curiosity and then a strong will to create and to photograph. After a professional detour as an illustrator and graphic designer, Noah met Winkler and this acted as a detonator, producing a mixture fusing traditional photography with experimentation.

What their pictures reveal is a sensation of hyper-reality: the protagonists of their portraits appear in a real context, but they stand out from it as if highlighted by reality itself. They are stark, intense photos because each single picture encloses an idea and conveys powerful emotions to the observer. The artists deal personally with post-production so that the creative process joins up with itself like a circle.[The Magenta Links]
Winkler + Noah, the brand name of Milan photographers Romina Raffaelli and Stefano Marini,

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