Latin American Fotografia: Patricia Ackerman

By David Schonauer   Wednesday February 22, 2017

To be naked is to be disguised, writes Patricia Ackerman.

That message is visualized in a series of nudes Ackerman shot in 2016, one of which was named a winner of the Latin American Ilustracion 5  competition. Ackerman,  who is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is a  psychoanalyst by profession, but her avocation is photography, a hobby she picked up in her youth and began studying intensely a decade ago. She was also included among the winners of the Latin American Fotografia 2  edition for a photograph of a hotel swimming pool in Acapulco, Mexico.

Her nude series was shot in an abandoned house. “I was not sure what I was going to do, although photographing the human body — its cuts, its folds — is something I have been doing for a long time in different situations, with circus performers, acrobatics, and dancers,” she says. “In this case I ended up doing a series that I called ‘Fragments.’ In it, I am talking about the enigma of the female body and its relationship to desire.”

Ackerman wrote a lyrical text to accompany the images:

The body is the battlefield where all wars are fought
Women look at themselves as they are looked at. This determines not only the majority of relationships between men
And women, but also the relationship of women to themselves.
A woman is aware that she is being watched by a spectator.
She is not naked as she is.
She is naked as the viewer sees her.

To be naked is to be disguised.

Exhibiting oneself naked is to turn the surface of one's skin into a disguise. To be looked at is to be wanted, to be constructed as a sexed object, and at the same time to be fragmented, broken into details, into enigmas.

The desire to fragment the body refers to the impossibility of embracing it

Below are black-and-white images from the series:

Ackerman’s photographic work has been featured in a number of competitions. Her series “Embedded Cities,” which captures the geometries and shadows of Buenos Aires, was a winner of the 2014  Sony World Photography Awards in 2014. “I live in a pulsating city, with many buildings, and forms that are generated catch my eye,” she told DFLA in 2014.


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