ARTHUR AND MARC ARE AT PLAY. THEIR FAVOURITE PERVERSION IS TO ILLUMINATE THE SHADOWS THAT SURROUND FILTH; TO HIGHLIGHT THE SPLENDOUR OF DEPRAVITY; TO GLORIFY DECADENCE. THEY POSTULATE THAT THE MANY MASKS OF MALENESS AND MANLINESS DON’T COVER LIES, BUT THAT THEY ARE HONEST ACCESSORIES FOR THE MANIFESTATION OF DESIRE. THE RESULT: FALLOS.
“When my gaze fixes on men, my mind explores the dimensions of the pleasure they can provide; from the pleasures they can unwittingly inspire, to the pleasure they can themselves enjoy in making the pose. Newly-created scenes, or stolen clichés, my camera never really lies.” Marc Martin, French photographer, based in Berlin, focuses on maleness. With its apparent triviality and nonchalance, giving rise to a sensual force, the work of Marc oscillates between poetry and pornography. "Dur Labeur" his first photo book, published in 2015, brings to light the whole world of Jean Genet. The sweat of hard work, the smells of yesteryear, Marc Martin paints character possessed by a raw, naked, virility — modern day anti–heroes.
Arthur Gillet is a Parisian model and young designer. Arthur is also the sole chosen model to feature in Marc Martin’s exhibition Fallos. Why? Because Arthur represents maleness as a whole. Handsome curly bearded he appears to be the passive subject of this exploration, but is in fact an object. The object of longing gaze. The object of desire to excess. Powerful, active. A consummate artist, designer, draftsman, throughout the whole process that yielded “Fallos”.
Marc Martin and Arthur Gillet are symbiotically complicit: one offers himself to the other, who, in turn, reveals and unveils his accomplice’s every secret, crevice, insecurity, shade, detail. They discover each other in minute detail, and they become one — it’s sort of a game, a double play. Both artists attempt to be selfish, but end up as a whole ensemble; their joint narrative recounts the individual subjectivity of each of them.
It’s well–known that the relationship between model and photographer often has erotic undertones. If we compare the act of shooting to a sexual act, we will note the inherent power struggle and the antagonistic narcissistic structure that oppose the active and the passive characters. The sexual act, aiming to dissolve two individuals into one, results in a joint quest for orgasm... or perhaps just in a good photograph. –BM-
The first “Fallos” exhibition has been shown at Dencker+Schneider Gallery, in Berlin, from 26th March to 5th May 2016. A 92 pages booklet have been published. You can find it at the Gallery, and also in Marc Martin's shop.
In order to get an optimal understanding of Marc Martin’s Fallos concept we included not only the final photographs but also the original sketches and artwork that can be found in the book and exhibition.
FALLOS | BEAUTIFULMAG
MARC MARTIN | BEAUTIFULMAG
ARTHUR GILLET | BEAUTIFULMAG