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(2010-12-14 14:11:17)





 编前语:《身体荣光》(The Glory of the Body)是瑞士病友Phlippe Rahmy一个摄影作品展。他作为一个坐在轮椅上的瓷娃娃,用摄影机记录了自己与众不同的身体,挑战既有的美的标准,促进每一个看到这些照片的人思考:“常态”这一个词能够应用于人的身体吗?Phlippe这篇文章谈到了自己的创作想法,包含他对残障、对艺术的思考,都给人启发。

“我认为 ‘人类的常态’这一议题是令人无法忍受的暴力。这是一个野蛮的议题,因为它不期待任何答案,只是帮助巩固了价值上的歧视,制造了个体间的等级。”Phlippe说。


    The Glory of the Body, public exhibitions :

         Collective exposition, Lyon, still to come current 2011

         Art-Act Gallery, Geneva, video exposition, curator: Magdalena Ibarguen, November 2009

         AntiLipseis, independent Greek magazine about photography, 16th issue, “Humanistic photography”, curator : Penelope Petsini, Athens, February 2009

         D’Ici-là, Internet literary and artistic French revue, December 2008

         SOS-ART, French independent association of contemporary arts, collective exposition, Paris, December 2008

         Les Citrons masques Gallery, collective exposition, Yverdon-les-Bains, November 2008



The Glory of the Body

Philippe Rahmy(瑞士病友)/图并文 万芳/译






The Glory of the Body is exploring the question of physical normality, opening a field of experimentations in which the body, as well as the picture, are facing the standards of beauty and of technique: trying to translate physical “disgrace” and technical poverty into a figure we can share, and love.


Humanism states that "Man is the measure of all things", but when man is measured by science, by religion, or by politics, when he is confronted with society standards, he will find himself being invalidated. Can the concept of normality apply to the human body?


It certainly can't. Aiming to demystify and to criticize beauty, my photographic work stands for the acceptance of minorities and for social justice.








How did this process start? Ten years ago, I was a jury member of a photographic contest about disability. The photos were shot by art students in Lausanne, Switzerland, and I was surprised to see that no one showed a disabled person or body. There was no picture depicting the "true" body of someone with a disability. The students used a metaphoric and poetic approach to illustrate the question of physical disability instead fo being explicit. Why did they react like this? After having met them, I realized that they felt very uncomfortable with this question and that they could not imagine showing a disabled body without trying to pimp it up, to give it a more “appropriate” image, a less “disturbing” one. In other words, they where subscribing to the very common view that some bodies are not beautiful enough to be shown, or, even worse, that some bodies are unworthy of arts, because they a perceived by most people as being vulnerable and strange, an otherness that provokes a primordial fear.


Can vulnerability and strangeness be beautiful? Is beauty something more complex than just a superficial harmony of features? Yes it is. I am sure that disabled bodies are similar to other bodies than they differ from them. This certainty makes me look for resemblance. These pictures are not conceived to tell the truth, or to stick to reality but to testify and to show what makes all human beings equal. This testimony has to be precise enough to reveal the immense triteness of each life.


The day will come, when the disabled body, when anybody, will no longer be subject to astonishment, the day will come, when everyone will face his own singularity as the link which integrates himself into reality.






The question of norm is at the core of this debate. But I claim that norms can only be applied to objects. Has this object been correctly manufactured, can it be used like it is supposed to be? Do these rules allow to solve this or that problem? etc. But the question of norm cannot be applied to living beings and even less to human ones, because they have not been produced, like things, but have been born. Their appearance is part of their identity, it is neither good, nor bad, neither beautiful nor ugly. A body is a perfect world, no matter what it looks like, an autonomous part of reality. I consider that the question of the "normality of a human being" is of an intolerable violence. It is a brutal question, because it does not expect any answer but helps to consolidate value discriminations, to create a ranking of individuals.


To speak about handicap is very tricky enterprise in many ways. People that have been made more vulnerable by their birth, their health or an accident often show differences in their look. They have special needs due to their handicap that other people have to attend to efficiently (family, colleagues, employers, but also society in general). This adequate answer allows handicapped people to have a fair chance in society and to show that they also have a role, an important role to play in the collective social structure. But on the other hand, to speak about handicap means ipso facto to create a category in its own right, an under-category of human beings who cannot participate in the responsibilities, in the sorrows and joys of everyone else. Therefore, even having the best interests of handicapped people in mind, you relegate them into a position of secondary order.




So, what can you do? I do believe that whether we are disabled or not, we can collectively admit that there is no ideal answer, no magical formula to resolve once and for all our prejudices and the inequalities of treatment that are generated by them. But we must aim to alleviate their negative effects. Of course, going through the legal system is of tremendous importance as it is the only way to guarantee the rights, but also the duties of people on the collective scale in order to reform mentalities in a very concrete way. But I feel that it is also possible to change the feelings of people but changing the way they perceive the problem, but giving them a new representation of the so-called disabled. How do we consider handicaps? This is a field in which associations have an important part to play. But arts can also help to create a public debate by placing the theme in a completely new light. It is important to show that handicapped people create pieces of art that touch the general public, to prove that they don't do and feel things differently from anyone else, that they also like to have multiple social contacts, that they are connected to the everyday life like everyone else.






Shooting photos is not a lonesome activity. It is an open circle in which you welcome everything you see as part of your family. When I introduce my work to someone, I do not have the feeling of acting just by myself. I have the impression of being surrounded by many people and of telling a story which is mine as well as theirs.


I just want to say some simple words, I just want to show some simple pictures. Superstition and a lack of knowledge make people point out disabled persons as symbols of what scares them the most. A disabled person makes the abstract idea of vulnerability become present. Wins and losses are both conditions of life. I want The Glory of the Body to become the peaceful expression of everyone’s struggle against his own fear, but also to represent the potential hidden inside each of us. Our differences, our scars, our chains can be changed into something we share and love.


相关阅读:《瓷娃娃》专访瑞士OI作家Philippe Rahmy


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