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NYIP Review: Marius Budu's Twisted Flesh

In his powerful photo essay, Romanian-born visual artist Marius Budu examines the human form at its most stark and unflinching. Says Budu, "My purpose with this project is to generate a reaction, stimulate thought, emotion and present the viewer with a new perspective - a new interpretation of the most easily recognizable aspect of our humanity - our very flesh. Twisted Flesh is both, a psychological experiment and visual attempt to gain some insight into our physical form as an entity in and of itself as well as our relationship with it. Our body is the one thing we most easily and readily identify with. Although we subconsciously interpret body language while interacting with others, we seldom solely rely on it to understand what is being conveyed to us. Usually, during conversation we look for the face, the eyes to be more specific - so that we can properly communicate with the other person. Twisted Flesh takes away that option and forces the viewer to examine the uniquely faceless flesh in order to understand what the images are conveying. Each Twisted Flesh piece tells its own story. They challenge the viewer in a unique way and beckon them to explore the intricacy and variety of relationships to our physical selves that each one of us embodies.

I have attached some of the jarring images from The Twisted Flesh project below. According to the website, it will be launched on September 28, 2012 at the Fine Arts Museum in Timisoara, Romania. To learn more, click on the link to the Twisted Flesh website here. Enjoy.


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