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Pola, 1994. Limited edition of 6 + 2. Photograph

Cristina Nunez


Photography, C-type on Paper

Size: 19.7 W x 19.7 H x 0.4 D in

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After years of frustration and introspection, during which I photographed myself, in 1994 I finally started photographing others. I met an American model named Pola and I became fascinated by her. She had been Trent Reznor's girlfriend and a friend of Marilyn Manson. She often wore fake Dracula teeth and wore black gothic clothing. She reminded me of my own youth. We became friends, and I took care of her. Years later she quit modeling because of a skin cancer, and then she became a forensic doctor in San Francisco. Then I completely lost trace of her. This image is part of the project "Body and Soul", in which I photographed people naked, lying or sitting on my bed. It was the first time I could really see others, and relate to them. Body and Soul obtained the Fondazione Marangoni Award in 1994. This image is also part of the project "Someone to Love" and part of the video/diaporama "Someone to Love, 2011" visible at and shown at the Mois de la Photo in Montreal 2011, Luova gallery Helsinki, H2O gallery Barcelona, MUSAC Spain, Chobi Mela photo festival, Sponge Arte Contemporanea Italy, Boiler Room Oslo among others. Someone to Love has been published in book form in 2010 by The Private Space Books, and, with the new name "But Beautiful" by Le Caillou Bleu, Brussels in 2012. The video/diaporama obtained the Celeste Prize 2012 and But Beautiful obtained the Prix de la Critique Voies-Off Arles in 2013.

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Photography:C-type on Paper

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:6

Size:19.7 W x 19.7 H x 0.4 D in

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In 1988, in an attempt to overcome personal problems, Cristina Nunez began to take self-portraits in private. Giving shape to her emotions and revealing her presence to the world, enabling her to turn an uncompromising gaze upon herself, but also to project herself as she wanted to be, these images became a form of self-therapy through which she learned who she is. Someone to Love (1988-2011) brings together for the first time the best self-portraits that she made; The Self-Portrait Experience shares with viewers her method of interior exploration. These two paths now form the focus of her art. Born in 1962 in Figueras in Spain, Cristina Nunez lives and works in Chiasso, Switzerland. Up to the early 2000s, she produced photography books in which she addressed social questions through the portrait: Body and Soul (1994), To Hell and Back (1995), Heaven on Earth (1998), Io sono/I am (2000). On the margins of this public body of work, she made self-portraits as a form of therapy; since 2005, this has been the focus of her photographic and video work, as well as of The Self-Portrait Experience workshops that she has been conducting. Her works have been presented at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence (1997), Palazzo Reale in Milan (1997), the Rencontres d'Arles (1998), the Centre National de l'Audiovisuel in Luxembourg (2008), the Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan (2008), Festival FotoGrafia in Rome (2009), the Private Space Gallery in Barcelona (2010), the Mois de la Photo in Montreal 2011, Luova gallery in Helsinki (2012), H2O gallery in Barcelona (2012), MUSAC (2013) and Sponge Arte Contemporanea (2013). In 2010 she was a finalist (receiving an honourable mention) for the New York Photo Festival Awards. In 2011, she was showing her works in "Second Lives. Jeux masqués et autres Je" at Casino Luxembourg, as part of the Mois Européen de la Photographie. In 2012 her video Someone to Love obtained the Celeste Prize and her project But Beautiful obtained the Prix de la Critique 2013 at the Voies Off Festival in Arles.

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