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Wolfgang Tillmans' 'Dan' at the BMA shakes the viewer while revealing so little

Wolfgang Tillmans' 'Dan' at the BMA shakes the viewer while revealing so little

The human body is both excessively revered and despised. We take so much pride in our bodies that we imagine God as having the same white, male form. We value certain bodies so much that we make them impossible standards. Bodies are used as symbols of power and beauty. And then bodies, most often non-white and/or female, are exploited, abused, and degraded. Human bodies are used, ironically, to dehumanize. And it's not that people are indecisive about the social and aesthetic value of the human body; it's just that some have great value and others have none. The body in German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans' large chromogenic color print 'Dan' at the Baltimore...

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