“The title O Banho de Patrícia refers to the myth of Diana and Actaeon, and departs from representations of the mythological narratives, resumed during the Ancient Regime by painters such as François Boucher or Antoine-Jean Gros. In the photograph, the viewer progresses in space and arrives to the place where someone is taking a bath.
Although we are entering someone’s intimacy, and although our gaze is indiscreet, almost voyeuristic, she who is being observed is aware of it. The character that is being watched confronts the viewer. This shift in the position of the gaze, from the control or the power between the observed (the woman) and the observer (the man), signals the renovation of the classical representation in a present context, and also the use of the photographic support, the casual untidiness of the space, and of the summoning of the several planes that precede the centrality of the image.”
Excerpt from the cathalog “3rd Edition of Ariane de Rothschild Prize” in Lisbon (2007).
Text by Maria do Mar Fazenda (2007).
3rd Prize Ariane de Rothschild,
Venue: Lx Factory, Lisbon, Portugal. (2007)
Curator: Maria do Mar Fazenda
Development, concept and production: Patrícia J. Reis