BABYLON FEDERATION:  Statement             Artwork

Title: Babylon Federation
Type: Photo project
Technique: Model, make up, military ornaments, military uniforms, toy weapons, buttons
Year: 2008-2014

In 2003-2004, in the middle of the Gulf War, a scandal shook the Anglo-American army on the front line, an army on a mission to depose a bloody dictator and bring democracy: an amateur pornography site publishes photos of soldiers engaged in Iraq taken by the military themselves, portraying naked bodies holding their weapons in provocative but also mocking poses next to their mutilated enemies.
These extreme images struck me, provoking a sense of lost respect towards the idea of institutions, the established order and the almost sacredness of war and ideals linked to it. This however was mixed with a sort of plunge into an extreme, deep and murky journey into the concept of total depravity.
This is the starting point for the work of Babylon Federation, a work of condemnation, whose un-uniformed women are inspired by the cinematographic subgenre of Nazisploitation – amazonian warriors who have an almost erotic relationship with weapons.
Using the female body as a canvas and as the basis of my aesthetic and symbolic collage, I have created a mish-mash of references to Nazisploitation and the union between erotic and war films. Focusing on the extreme aspects of rape or murder; the American Gun Girls and the mixture of violence, aesthetics and politics; Cronenberg’s Crash and the perversion of the transformation of the body through machines and prostheses; finally Enrico Baj with his generals adorned with military trappings that become grotesque forms.
In Babylon Federation the decorations are glued on the models’ bodies and distinct pieces of their social, historical, symbolic lives are removed and finally reassembled as accessories of a single figure.

Title: Babylon Federation
Type: Photo project
Technique: Model, make up, military ornaments, military uniforms, toy weapons, buttons
Year: 2008-2014

In 2003-2004, in the middle of the Gulf War, a scandal shook the Anglo-American army on the front line, an army on a mission to depose a bloody dictator and bring democracy: an amateur pornography site publishes photos of soldiers engaged in Iraq taken by the military themselves, portraying naked bodies holding their weapons in provocative but also mocking poses next to their mutilated enemies.
These extreme images struck me, provoking a sense of lost respect towards the idea of institutions, the established order and the almost sacredness of war and ideals linked to it. This however was mixed with a sort of plunge into an extreme, deep and murky journey into the concept of total depravity.
This is the starting point for the work of Babylon Federation, a work of condemnation, whose un-uniformed women are inspired by the cinematographic subgenre of Nazisploitation – amazonian warriors who have an almost erotic relationship with weapons.
Using the female body as a canvas and as the basis of my aesthetic and symbolic collage, I have created a mish-mash of references to Nazisploitation and the union between erotic and war films. Focusing on the extreme aspects of rape or murder; the American Gun Girls and the mixture of violence, aesthetics and politics; Cronenberg’s Crash and the perversion of the transformation of the body through machines and prostheses; finally Enrico Baj with his generals adorned with military trappings that become grotesque forms.
In Babylon Federation the decorations are glued on the models’ bodies and distinct pieces of their social, historical, symbolic lives are removed and finally reassembled as accessories of a single figure.

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