I don't see myself as working in the grand history of the nude in art: my work isn't at all similar to Lucian Freud 's, for example. But the complexity that surrounds the nude — the questions about gender that define the history of the nude, and for that matter the history of description per se — are a motivation. I got involved in looking at and describing the human form through watching war films. It occurred to me, after a while, that their images were pornographic in nature — both alluring, seductive and repulsive. That got me into looking at porn films.
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This work is part of a portfolio of twelve prints by British artists that was commissioned by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to commemorate the Olympic Games in London. The portfolio was produced in an edition of Fiona Banner creates nude studies from life, by transcribing physical scenarios into verbal descriptions. The title alludes to the extraordinary physicality of this body. She focuses on strength and physicality but also on the fragility of a human awaiting competition. Looking at an athlete naked made them powerful and vulnerable at once. Does this text contain inaccurate information or language that you feel we should improve or change?
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