View of “Louisa Clement,” 2017. Photo: Trevor Good.

View of “Louisa Clement,” 2017. Photo: Trevor Good.

Louisa Clement


View of “Louisa Clement,” 2017. Photo: Trevor Good.

On first glance, it was hard to say what was depicted in these glossy black photographs. They might be pictures of extremely complex devices, perhaps the kind used in scientific experiments, or they could be of fine machine parts or the dissected limbs of an insect under a microscope. These photos were puzzling in a way that made them uncanny, and like all uncanny things, they triggered curiosity and repulsion at once: Did you really want to know what these images show? It could be something unpleasant.

But yes, you wanted to know. The subjects are mannequins that Louisa Clement photographed with her iPhone camera. Just like that, without any equipment or special lighting, she took these close-ups of mannequins in a department store. And indeed, you could recognize the individual limbs, even the individual fingers, and above all the hinged joints that make them adjustable. The

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