UNLOCKED is a book in the form of a photo narrative that attempts to “unlock” the depiction of the Naked Body in the post-photographic, digital era. Based on an original idea and research by Vassilis Zidianakis the 512-page publication presents the work of more than 140 international photographers and artists and it takes the form of an original composition of images sourced from the Internet and our constantly evolving relationship with photography and image.
Nude images by professional and amateur artists and individuals flood our screens. Our bodies, depicted in everyday situations and in their most intimate moments, are captured and instantly posted on the various forms of social media. These images, often in their original state and other times edited, recycled and twisted to extremes, wreak visual havoc with their originality and crudeness. Nudity and raw eroticism are normalised and transformed into a popular topic of presentation on modern digital platforms.
As part of the UNLOCKED research Atopos cvc launched the Occupy Atopos artist residency in 2014 and the Atopos BlahBlahBlah program of events, performances, workshops and discussions in 2015.
“Vassilis Zidianakis’ vision has contributed to surpassing the modernist puritanism (crime and ornament), in that there is no hierarchy between the idea and its implementation…UNLOCKED is political because it reverses the order of dominant thinking.”