PhD Research in Fine Art

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“Currently titled Out of Sight: Framing the Obscene Through Photographic Practice, my doctoral research focuses on the theme of invisibility and the erotic in the context of publicly accessible urban spaces in London. Exploring photography as a medium that exposes and makes visible, the research addresses aspects of invisibility such as the space excluded by the borders of the photograph, empty spaces represented within the rectangle of paper, figurative absence, ocular obstructions and elements of concealment as activators of the desire to look. The research considers the position of the photographic apparatus and the positioning of the artist in public places, engaging in questions of who has the right to look, in what circumstances and with what technology. 

The research is influenced by post-freudian philosophical debates with regard to the construction of vision in twentieth century french thought. The concept of (in)visibility is central to this research. The dichotomy between the visible and invisible is a crucial element that characterises gay culture, understandably underpinned by different social and political factors during different periods in time. What one sees when one looks and what one does not, what one shows or decides to withhold from view, are also fundamental aspects of my own biography.” 

Bibiano is a PhD Candidate in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London. For more information, please click here to visit his profile as a doctoral researcher on the university's website.

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