New Skin by Mayumi Hosokura
“I wanted to include other people’s desire as well as my own”
Hosokura’s previous publication Transparency is the new mystery, which blends images of the nude body with those of salt crystals, vapourising and crystallising, saw the artist switch to a monochrome palette.
New Skin invites a fractured form of looking, a chaotic and disorientating series of overlapping images, some obscured, others visible — the outline of a foot, a snail trail, an antique statute, an iPhone. Hosokura drew the featured images from a range of sources: personal portraits of men, pictures of male sculptures in museums, cutouts from gay magazines, and selfies of Korean men: “I wanted to include other people’s desire as well as my own,” she explains. The statues represent an ideal of beauty, which spans centuries, and the iPhone is “the tool that men use to gaze at their own body,” says Hosokura, “of course, for me, the iPhone is the most intimate camera these days”.
Full essay by Hannah Abel-Hirsch on the BJP website