Fraud Blocker

The Marilyn Monroe Myth

Jing Zhao
event-detail-person-vertical
Jing Zhao
This event has concluded
Dates:
Location: NG Art Pop Up Gallery Carlton Street Park Lane, Central Park Sydney NSW 2008 Australia
Hours:
Entry Fee: Free
Exhibition Event:
Official Opening 29/05/2014 6:00 pm

I am fascinated by the number of images made of Marilyn and how many of these have become iconic. 

Most pictures of her were completely set up for posters and movie magazines. Marilyn didn’t want people to see photos of her without make-up, fashion clothes and a suitable expression. I believe this simple act of rejecting what was natural and choosing what she believed people wanted to see is an excellent metaphor for how she lived her life and of how the world currently engages with celebrities.
 
I thought about how I could comment on this global infatuation with glamour and felt that I could “rework” a selection of original Marilyn images. I would use the recognizable blond hair and makeup but photograph girls with different skin colors to indicate the universal interest in her life. I have used the concept of simulacrum to recreate four of Marilyn’s pictures.
 
Although my subject characters are naked, I did not shoot them to be idealized women. Rather, I have photographed their outlined plump and supple skin texture and curvaceous figures, the female body together with wrinkles and fat, striving to reveal the charismatic personality and the inner world of the characters who have this body.
 
So I think the significance of my work is a statement of the phenomenon ‘Artificial Creation’, which deals with issues in current entertainment circles, appealing to people to be their natural selves, not necessary to be packaging to pretend to be someone else, because the most profound beauty is always associated with authenticity. Moreover, I hope to represent a remarkable artistic temperament and narcissistic space by connecting the portrait and the nude body pictures.

This event has concluded
Dates:
Location: NG Art Pop Up Gallery Carlton Street Park Lane, Central Park Sydney NSW 2008 Australia
Hours:
Entry Fee: Free
Exhibition Event:
Official Opening 29/05/2014 6:00 pm

The Stars in the Night Sky Are Innumerable

  • Head On Photo Festival 2014
View details

iPhone Photography Showcase with Ben Lowy

  • Head On Photo Festival 2014
View details

HOME

  • Head On Photo Festival 2014
View details

Boy Stories

  • Head On Photo Festival 2014
View details

DEGENERATION

  • Head On Photo Festival 2014
View details

2014 Head On Landscape Awards Finalists

  • Head On Photo Festival 2014
View details

Future Memories presented by Michael Reid

  • Head On Photo Festival 2014
View details

Lisa Garland

  • Head On Photo Festival 2014
View details
whatson-img01
© Rob Johnston

List your event or exhibition

List your exhibition or photography event on our site to reach out to the Australian photographic community.

bg-ctap-mobile bg-ctap-desktop

Head On Photo Awards 2024

Entries to the Head On Photo Awards 2024 are open now. $80,000 prize pool including finalists exhibition.

Image detail: Gary Ramage