Die Hosen 'runter lassen

The Haitian-American artist creatively reacts to Robert Mappelthorpes seminal and highly controversial black & white photograph Man in a Polyester Suit of 1980 by asking different men to be photographed (in color) replicating the 1980 photograph while wearing a pair of German made Lederhosen specifically chosen in the Red-Black-Green colors of the Black-Power movement. The artist believes that the original polyester suit is laden with implications on class and culture. This less formal work chooses to shift the conversation from erotic essentialism to the poetics of the banal and coincidental readings of cultural signs.
Photography, Analogue C-Prints (various dimensions) 2003-4

 

Footnotes
  • Photograph original by Robert Mapplethorpe, Getty Museum education department
  • Black Power colors of the pan-african movement.