Stills from The Mark of Cain by Susu Laroche
"And as things fell apart, nobody paid much attention."
Recent picture taken in Gaza.
“It seems that the more I tried to make my life about the pursuit of art, the more money controlled my life: collecting unemployment insurance, the humiliation of borrowing money from friends and family, tossing and turning at night while trying to figure out how to pay the rent. To survive I had to work hard jobs and afterwards I’d feel too tired and too stressed to paint. It’s very hard to create under those circumstances. Creativity is a delicate process. Often times I wonder if I should have just pursued a career for the first half of my life, obtained some degree of financial security, and then transitioned into art.”
lol that’s what i’m doing actually
getting rich while doing something i like doing then transition into art bamfness
Dita von Teese
One thing I love about Dita’s photoshoots is that in all of them she strives to turn all stereotypes upside down. Like, when she presents herself as a 50s housewife, she doesn’t present herself as the ideal, submissive furniture woman that became the image of that generation. I mean she uses all the aesthetic elements and places herself in such a way inside the picture, that you can’t really think of her as a “powerless”, much less a piece of furniture.
And I think that this picture probably explains what Dita is all about: she is clothed, whereas the man in the picture is naked and clinging to her. We’re used to seeing clothed dudes exercising some invisible power over the naked girls that add “edginess” to the photos, men looking powerful while the women are exposed. But here it’s the other way around, and she manages to take back her ground as a woman and a human being in a way that doesn’t compromise her se appeal. She’s sexy, but she’s not being diminished to a mere sex object, unlike the boy.
Titcut Follies is a 1967 American documentary directed by Frederick Wiseman. It documented life within Bridgewater State Hospital for the criminally insane. In the documentary the horrible conditions are evident, as is the lack of dignity and care afforded to the patients. While it shows no outright physical abuse the patients were bullied and taunted by the guards, force fed, publicly stripped naked with a number of patients virtually catatonic.
However before it was scheduled to be released there was an injunction which banned the movie from being shown, as it was felt the movie violated an oral contract that stipulated producers had to give the state government editorial control. It was then decided that the documentary breached the patients right to privacy - although Wiseman argued that the restriction of the video was a vastly larger restriction of civil liberties.
In 1987 families of seven patients who died in the institution sued the hospital and state, with Steven Schwartz representing on of the inmates who had been restrained for 2 1/2 months, and was given six psychiatric drugs at unsafe levels which lead to him choking to death when he was unable to swallow his food. On the movie Schwartz claimed:
There is a direct connection between the decision not to show that film publicly and my client dying 20 years later, and a whole host of other people dying in between.
Ultimately the film was finally released in 1991 when a superior court judge decided that enough time had passed that privacy would no longer be an issue.