Bill Durgin

For a couple of years, Bill Durgin has explored what has become the backbone of his work: the human body. The American photographer captures and studies the anatomy and its limitations from a fresh angle, resulting in pictures that are both stunning and disturbing, yet where the nudity has a sense of fragility rather than gratuitousness. Durgin’s subjects can appear little more than half invisible, their bodies curled up to form abstract figures. The perspective with which the photographs capture them emphasise this aspect even more. Durgin works with his own body, and sometimes with dancers and performers who take contortion to the extreme. The artist challenges our perceptions of reality, and even if we can see human bodies perfectly, the result is fascinating, almost sculptural because of the unusual situations and surreal positions in which they are presented.