In Spleen and Ideal, beauty is pursued across the disintegrating boundaries between male and female. Transgressive sexual encounters with what at times seems to be one and the same person are captured on instant film and mixed with impressions of the urban architecture in which they are anchored. In this project, which centers on gender and identity confusions, photography is a matter of decisive distance between immersion and detachment.
All images were taken in Thailand between 2010 and 2011, and form the first part of a larger body of work in progress, born out of a persistent urge to photographically confront questions regarding gender and sexuality.
Ilfochrome prints, edition of 5, image size 24X24 cm.
French photographer of Asian descent, Tiane Doan na Champassak (1973), based in Provence, was first recognized for his documentary work (Agence Vu) before exploring a more artistic approach. His photography is driven by a fascination for gender identity issues, revealing a decidedly aesthetic sensibility. For each body of work, print or publication, he seeks out the most appropriate techniques, materials and formats. In 2011, he self-published two books employing vernacular photography found online and in 2012 he published Tantra, The Father of Pop Dance and Spleen and Ideal. He received the SCAM portfolio prize and was Laureate of the Villa Médicis Hors-les-Murs program, both in 2001.
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