I Want To Fuck You


Written by Siobhan Morrin
13 Monday 13th December 2010

With a show called ‘I Want To Fuck You’, it’s clear that photographer Derrick Santini has a certain something on his mind.

Currently exhibiting at the Maurice Einhardt Neu gallery on Redchurch Street, his lenticular prints (the one that change as you move around them) show a preoccupation with sexuality of the female form.
While photos of naked (or nearly naked) women aren’t exactly revolutionary, it is the use of movement that makes these photos interesting. The pole dancer swings round as you walk past and you can’t help but stroll by again. Santini describes his work as, ‘playful and voyeuristic, provocative with an innocent aesthetic.’ The constant movement of the pole dancer is sexual, yet also disconcerting in her perpetual spinning.
Somehow the models seem too knowing for these to be truly voyeuristic camera work. Daisy Lowe dances, a model loses her swimsuit while raising her arms, looking confidently at the camera as she loses her clothes. If there is voyeurism, it is on the part of the viewer not the creator; one can’t help but look again as the image transforms as you move by. The first glimse of the intention is fleeting, and requires you to study the image intently. It is an almost comical experience, watching your fellow gallery goers staring intently at naked, winking women whilst walking quickly by each photo.
Demure to begin with, the model stares straight at you as her swimsuit disappears.
It is the simplicity of the photos that enables them to work so well. The gallery walls are entirely painted in black, revealing more clearly the red tint of the photos and emphasising the slightly sleazy, boudoir effect that the naked flesh and title of the show suggest.
There is certainly a knack to viewing the photos, one that unfortunately requires distance from the frame and space to move freely. If you go, it could be best alone for the full effect (and the voyeurism).

I Want to Fuck You is at the Maurice Einhardt Neu Gallery until 29th January 2010.

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