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The chores and joys of self-creation are brought to light most dramatically under the hard flash of Blake England’s through-the-legs shot of Violet Chachki. That triangle from shin to balls to shin — that’s where the fault lines are: between male and female, interior and exterior, public and private. And the mirror catches a moment where all that’s still being worked out, unfinished. That’s why this image isn’t porn. In fact that set of exposed opposites is why the image is necessary. We’re all engaged in some similar preparation for performance. We’re all making ourselves up. Some just do it with better clothes.
Uploaded: Nov 7, 2013