When photography meets performance
Photographer Ben Zank was born in 1991 in New York, in the Bronx, where he lives and works today. He follows in the footsteps of Charles Fréger, who had animated the 2018/2019 brochure with Human rights, and he will therefore be your guide this year. Using a strangeness that is often tinted with underlying humour, he stages bodies in quirky situations, thanks to which, like the programmed artworks and artists, he invites to rekindle with enthusiasm our gaze on the world.
To use Nina Vathelet’s words, “Ben Zank’s photographs are an invitation to travel, taking us into a surrealist world. The photographer stages his models in strange, even burlesque, situations. Using the body as raw matter, his work is close to performance. His scenes are minutely choreographed. Ben likes to make the bodies dialogue with the environment in very graphic compositions. The images that stem from this are bizarre, sometimes disturbing, but always keep a trace of humour. Often the photographer uses his own body. But curiously, he rarely shows his face, as well as those of his models, which amplifies the feeling of strangeness.”
Virtute.io, 20 March 2018
Find out more at: benzank.com