CAMELOPS FEMINA

In 2013, my gallery in Dubai, Carbon12, invited me for a solo show. It was my motivation to create something, especially for Dubai. I was never in the middle east before and had just some naive ideas about how it will be there. I assumed there would be sand, camels, and overdressed women for religious reasons. I named the series of photographs I planned to do Camelops Femina. At my New York studio, I invited a few of my friends to model for me. I built a stage out of sand-colored natural wood and bought many clothes in more or less the same color tone. The models had to go on all fours and pretend to be camels. I was happy with the end product but worried that the gallery visitors in Dubai would not have enough humor, and I would end up in trouble. While creating this work, I was aware that I push the envelope, which I often do with my art. And I feel an artist should have the liberty to talk sometimes unpleasantly without hurting someone’s feelings, provided that this person has enough humor to recognize the nuances of the artwork. But, all went fine, and as you can see in the photo below, I was drinking champagne without any worries.

Camel Kuki (Camelops Femina), 2013, C-Print, 3 Ed. + 2 AP: 100 x 130 cm (39 x 51 in.)
Camel Johanna (Camelops Femina), 2013, C-Print, 3 Ed. + 2 AP: 100 x 130 cm (39 x 51 in.)
Camel Nichole (Camelops Femina), 2013, C-Print, 3 Ed. + 2 AP: 100 x 130 cm (39 x 51 in.)
Camel Maja (Camelops Femina), 2013, C-Print, 3 Ed. + 2 AP: 100 x 130 cm (39 x 51 in.)
Camel Amelia (Camelops Femina), 2013, C-Print, 3 Ed. + 2 AP: 100 x 130 cm (39 x 51 in.)
Camel Brian (Camelops Femina), 2013, C-Print, 3 Ed. + 2 AP: 100 x 130 cm (39 x 51 in.)
Camel Brittany (Camelops Femina), 2013, C-Print, 3 Ed. + 2 AP: 100 x 130 cm (39 x 51 in.)
Carbon12, Dubai, 2013