Erotic Review Magazine

Ingrid Berthon-Moine: Baguette and… Marbles

17th April 2014

Finding her marbles

Marbles is a group of close-up photographs of the testicles on classical male statuary. As well as the rhyming slang reference (marble halls = balls) there are other clever word-play references in your choice of subject and its naming. ‘ ER

‘In Marbles, a series of photographs of male Greek marble statues, the images are closely cropped and focus on specific parts of the male anatomy. The final photographs are enlarged with the intention of producing an indecipherable photograph oscillating between landscape and medical documentation. Unlike the female body which has been scrutinised for centuries, there is a need for a deconstruction of the male subject, as preconised by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. In order to deconstruct, the anatomisation of the masculine body in this work  focuses on testicles and plays with signifiers. The title Marbles highlights the nobility of the material used for the sculptures as well as the everyday slang used to designate the glands. On a physiological level, balls secret hormones, make and store sperm. Linguistically, without testicles, we would not be able to detest, protest, or contest or maybe in this case, to test-ify against the unkindness of the circumstances; as at the beginning of the XXIst century, men start feeling the powerful and unapologetic pressure of the commercial gaze on their bodies.’ Ingrid Berthon-Moine

Ingrid is a French Londoner currently studying for an MA Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London. For a full interview with Jamie Maclean go here. To visit Ingrid’s website and see more of her work go here




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