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Onionskin

A photo series by Minu Jun.
Minu Speaks: The series explores the intersection between artifice and the natural, and how I found the definition of the two super arbitrary. Fruit is considered natural and clothes are considered manufactured, even though both are heavily processed. I wanted to compound these two layers into a single image and present it as one world, because that’s kind of how I see it. Also, the series looks at our obsession with printing things that are considered natural and the human figure as a representation of naturally, something natural, or something fake.

 

Somi responds to Minu’s ideas: Each image in this series questions the supposed purity of nature and the human form. The series toys with the idea of “natural” by  decimating things we associate with it. An onion in pieces, a cloud of dismembered penises caught in tangled branches… These dissections are mixed with still life photos, depicting scenes that range from clean to hectic. The cleaner sets have a sense of symmetry and deliberation. The wig hung in a net, for example. But the messier still life images seem random in their placement, as if these configurations occurred naturally. The sets themselves are plastic-y, oversaturated, artificially flavored and colored.

I really enjoyed the photos that depict human bodies, because they are composed so that the viewer feels both intrigued and desensitized. An example: the two draped figures reaching for each other through a haze of pink flowers. Their shadows and the angle at which they face each other imbue the interaction with drama. But their faces are hidden, so that it is impossible to connect with who they are or may be. It’s hard to see them as actual people when they are shrouded by the intrusion of flowers.

One of the outliers in the series is probably the image of the basketball hoop surrounded by bramble. But in a way, the metal pole rising out of/being sucked into the bramble hints at the core of the series. The manmade struggles against yet becomes one with nature… the smooth and blurred integration of the two.

 

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