Sex with Strangers' video project is about the masks we wear during the act of seduction. The popular figure I chose to recreate was Quentin Tarantino—the Oscar-winning filmmaker known for his violent, racy, and offbeat films—along with a sultry stranger. The fact that a model resembling Tarantino is present is irrelevant, because at its core, this is a video about the psychological power of the image. Desire is often driven by mystery—the thrill people feel when they are enigmatic in the intimate company of another. With each sizzling look, cigarette drag, and showy removal of clothing, Tarantino and his female friend embody the fetishization of sleeping with strangers. They are dolls living out their erotic fantasies of themselves—a performance that is part narcissism, part entertainment, and part lust. As the their layers of paint, plaster, and hair begin to slide off the real bodies underneath, we get a clear demonstration of how seduction can be an arousing art of deception.
Directed by Los Hermanos Polo, 2018
French Canadian artist Marie-Lou Desmeules transforms a therapy session into a riotous, full-bodied display in this new film from brother directors Guillermo and Javier Polo Gandia, with effects and collages by Jonathan Cremades. The artist, whose work uses the body as a canvas, metamorphoses the forms of her subjects—with daubs of paint and roughly applied plastics—into grotesque, colourful portraits of the rich and the famous, from Donald Trump to John Waters.