SENTIDOS DA PELE (SKIN SENSES)
Curated by Paulo Kassab Jr.
Bodies undress, speak in their movements and in their geography, each body is a map of itself. From the perfect bodies to which we are bombarded day and night by advertising, nothing is left. Scars, white hair and small imperfections vanished. The individuals disappeared, their essence; the image, modified and edited until exhaustion, remained.
Gal Oppidos humans are true, displays marked by weather uncertainties, their fissures, their limits and their imperfections. The forms, gestures, symbols, masks, and ornaments that infuse themselves into the photographed bodies, add a denser, erotic and deep meaning. As Georges Bataille once wrote, "In the name of what is nudity is flaunted here? Life outdoors? Freedom? The naive transgression that becomes law? But on the belief of a freer life, "without prejudice", and, above all, without the "embarrassing" feeling of shame, such a utopia ends up neutralizing what is most essential in nudity: its eroticism. Unfurled (like a flag), nudity is emptied and the flattened bodies lose their symbolic dimension, where we incidentally live. "
In the "Os Sentidos da Pele (Skin Senses) exhibition, Gal Oppido explores the human body as part of a ritual that communicates to people their essence. Here, nudity is presented as sacred, full of allegories, signs. Each image shows a variety of movements, textures, shadows, and lights that excite and give meaning to the meat. It is on the skin that our secrets, emotions and most intriguing desires hide.
We know all nudity, but Oppido makes us lose sight of it for, thus, finding it again. Here lies the erotic, the sensual, the mysterious, in the merging and suppression of the body's limits.
The photographs of Gal show the beauty of the body in their minutiae, revealing senses lost in us.