Corbijn, Marlene Dumas - Strippinggirls
Planned, conceived and realised in collaboration with the painter Marlene Dumas, STRIPPINGGIRLS constitutes a particular moment in the artistic career of Anton Corbijn who, after twenty-five years of photographing musicians and singers, actors and star personalities, was looking for a project that would lead him in the direction of something else, something new.
Having met and become friends with Marlene Dumas, a South African painter living in Amsterdam, the two came up with an idea for a joint venture: the striptease dancers whose shows liven up the theatres and clubs of the Dutch capital.
But for Corbijn, as for Dumas, STRIPPINGGIRLS is far more than a simple, immediate transcription or description (photograph or painting) of erotic incitement dealt with objectively and detachedly. In fact, the girls who perform and the positions they adopt are but the point of departure, the raw material for the photographer's (or painter's) work.
this sense the idea of STRIPPINGGIRLS was
born not out a desire to stimulate discussion concerning the relationship
between photography and painting, but rather out of the curiosity of
the two artists, who would place themselves in front of the same subject
in the same conditions but using different media, and then see the results.