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Self Portraits by Indra Zabala
Barcelona based Indra Zabala is an enigmatic artist. Her intimate self-portraits are a cocktail of provocative energy and enticing mystery. The photographer, art director and model has crafted an alluring world of opposites and balance in these shoots; naked but never fully exposed; she is at the forefront all images but always covered somehow; Zabala is essentially opening a door which leads to a dimly lit room.
The colour red is the colour of love and anger (again Zabala’s use of opposites is striking) and is a prominent colour in these stills. The Lynchian-esque image of Zabala standing there, breasts and genitals hidden by bouquets of roses. It could be a tragic post-romantic love story; the naked female, red roses for her lover, alluring someone with her sensual areas, shadowed by rage filed blood-red curtains. Balance. Love and hate. Opposites. Red adorns these stills and is sometimes paired with ghost-like white sheets. White, of course, the symbol of purity. Zabala couples these polar opposites perfectly into a ambiguous marriage of sinister seduction and masked innocence. There’s a certain noir feel to these shots. Seeing this obscure world through a dream like haze – Zabala’s editing is minimal but effective in adding to the allure and confusion. Zabala is the damsel, but she is certainly not in distress.
In every picture Zabala is naked somehow. But in every picture Zabala never reveals all. This is not shyness. Could this be irony? A woman, in a time of constant hyper-sexualisation and instant sexual gratification standing up and drawing a line between what you can and can’t see. When you dive into her world, you play by her rules. Indra Zabala is certainly an artist and a pretty fucking good one at that.
Written by Jake Vinson