MANIFESTO

#63

CHANGE OF SPACE

LET'S PLAY AGAIN

2024.07.05

Text by MUSE Team

PLAY is a collaborative work that combines the perspectives of three participants—a photographer, a performer, and a stylist—who merge to generate new and unexpected forms of the body in motion. Liberated from fixed roles, these forms evolve page after page.

IMAGES FROM THE BOOK "PLAY", PUBLISHED BY ART PAPER EDITIONS.

Isabelle Wenzel, born in 1982 in Germany, studied photography before becoming an acrobat. Usually, Wenzel places her own body in front of the camera: in the few seconds allowed by the self-timer, she assumes impossible positions and holds them until the shot is taken. The central focus of her photographs is the body as a physical form, rather than the individual. By creating a photograph, she freezes a pose in time, drawing attention to the sculptural qualities of the body. To achieve a certain image, she repeats the same maneuvers multiple times: in this way, Wenzel performs a small experimental performance in front of the camera. Glorietta Reantaso is a movement artist who focuses instead on the body as a universal language, subject, and instrument. In 1983, her parents emigrated to the United States from Bicol, Philippines: this theme remains central to her artistic practice, aimed at raising questions about identity and belonging while seeking to connect with humanity through somatic movement, touch, sound, and drawings. Anita Szymczak is a Paris-based stylist. Together, they created PLAY, a collaborative work or rather, a polyphony of visions leading to a joyful representation of women in a free and non-hierarchical manner. By setting aside authorship in favor of cooperation, the perspectives of the three participants—a photographer, a performer, and a stylist—merge, generating new and unexpected forms of the body in motion which, liberated from fixed roles, evolves page after page. A moment of experimentation expressed through printed paper.

As children we are led by pure curiosity and pleasure, we develop a unique universe inside us. As we grow up, we tend to the approval of society, of others yet deep inside us we want to be kids again and play…

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