Dorit Cypis

International Center of Photography Museum (ICP)

Dorit Cypis has gained a well-deserved reputation for her provocative composite photographs, as well as for her performances and multimedia installations. Cypis’ photographs often consist of an erotic image of a female body juxtaposed with a differently biased image of a body, such as from a medical textbook. Each of the two images presupposes the subject’s relation to the body in a different way; within one composite photograph, Cypis transgresses the borders separating both image types. Her goal is to reclaim the body from existing representational codes.

This installation, called The Naked Nude, 1989, linked various phases in the artist’s development: from X-Rayed, 1988, in which Cypis used photographs she had taken of a female model, to X-Rayed (altered), 1989, in which she appeared as the model. In the current installation she also incorporated snapshots her father had taken in Paris

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