Bodybuilders is a brand new images ebook that celebrates the malleability of the human physique

by Editors Staff

Within the images ebook Bodybuilders, London and Milan-based artist Alien celebrates the malleability of the human type by means of her portraits of UK membership youngsters and queers in drag. Flip by means of its pages and also you’ll discover a inexperienced reptilian face topped with a cowboy hat and ram horns, an elongated, bulbous physique shaped out of blue plastic, eyes reworked into black swimming pools, backs curved into humps by means of flesh-toned bodysuits. 

(Picture credit score: Pictures by alien, from the ebook Bodybuilders)

Bodybuilders: a celebration of drag artists

The ebook is, as its title suggests, a showcase of proficient bodybuilders; however right here the personalities concerned rework their bodily type by means of rigorous artistry fairly than athletics. Prosthetics, make-up, and clothes make the human physique as pliable as clay, able to no matter contortions the creativeness can manufacture. 

As Helen Hester, professor of Gender, Expertise and Cultural Politics on the College of West London, writes within the ebook’s introduction: ‘Every individual photographed right here has to some extent constructed themselves, channelling not solely private aesthetics, cultural reference factors, and mental concepts but in addition unconscious forces – the unknowable inside us that essentially finds expression in all our phrases, actions, ideas and behaviours.’ 

Drag artist featured in the book Bodybuilders by Alien

(Picture credit score: Pictures by alien, from the ebook Bodybuilders)

For Alien, the challenge was a means of introducing these creatives to an viewers outdoors of the web. ‘Bodybuilders was created as a method to share collective reminiscences in a tangible and lasting means,’ says Alien. ‘I’ve at all times been curious about photographers who’ve the flexibility to seize a second of time, a bunch of individuals or a subculture and doc them in a means that isn’t scientific however fairly private and emotional.

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