Title: Gender Studies
Author: Bettina Rheims
Dimensions: 24.9 cm x 33 cm x 1.6 cm
Bettina Rheims: Gender Studies
Twenty years after Modern Lovers, a body of work on androgyny and transgender created when AIDS was at its peak, Bettina Rheims now presents Gender Studies.
In the light of current controversial debates on gender theory, Rheims’s models display remarkable courage by questioning, modifying and celebrating their identities.
Exhibited in 2012 in Düsseldorf, the Gender Studies series pursues the questioning of gender representation. The device linking image and sound (by Frédéric Sanchez) presents 27 sound portraits of young men and women who responded to a request the photographer posted on Facebook.
The photos are accompanied by interview clips.
Bettina Rheims has also worked on advertising campaigns for fashion and big brands, such as Chanel and Lancôme, as well as taking portraits of famous women for international magazines.
Among the most famous portraits, we can mention Madonna, Catherine Deneuve, Charlotte Rampling, Carole Bouquet, Marianne Faithfull, Barbara, Kylie Minogue, Claudia Schiffer, Asia Argento.
Bettina Rheims says that she has been inspired by Diane Arbus and Helmut Newton as well as by the work of early painters.