Art turns any number of things into objects to be admired. Is the naked skin – when presented in cold, wax-like sheen and robotic poses, perfectly formed and yet made to look almost inhumanly so – art or mere sexual fetish? Really, that comes down to the response of the person viewing it. In the case of a shoot like Fulvio Maiani’s for the 14th issue of Bambi Magazine, neither is a bad thing: futuristic and mannequin-like, model Alissa could be the object fetishist’s dream, or a photographic work of art. Or both.
And this shoot could only work with such colossal force with precisely the right team behind it. Alissa’s physical perfection is what makes it easy to believe she was made not born, a product of technology or manufacturing and not of nature. Doll, android, figurine… bloodless skin and foiled hair by Andrea Costa making her both alive and yet lifeless.
And then there’s the fashion fetish. Stylist Akio Shigemitsu incorporates rich fabrics of silk, brocade and taffeta, designer high heels, and – in the opening shot’s brilliantly conceived perspective through Maiani’s lens – open fringing that reveals the breasts in an inviting fetishist peep show.
Objectification may be a dirty word, but when the final product is as impressive as this you can count us in anyway – we’ll guiltily indulge. You can do so too at the gallery.
For the full issue of Bambi head to bambimagazine.com.