Ok, so now things are getting really interesting. Leigh Ledare
‘s work is just amazing and mind-blowing (and I’m jealous of his practice, not to mention the way he always finishes
the work is such a sophisticated way). I’ve blogged about his work before, here
. One day Leigh visited his Mom’s and she opened the door, naked, having just got up from sex with a younger man. Thus, she announced her sexuality to her son. Mom had been a ballet dancer, exotic dancer and placed ads looking for men to look after her. She approached Leigh to document her sexuality. Leigh does so, in an intelligent, sensitive and self-reflexive way. Never leaving Mom to be the subject of a forensic, pathologised study. His practice has included photographs of Mom in flagrante, her posing for him, sometimes he is in the frame, sometimes they are having innocent fun together, other times something more erotic is inferred. Also, handwritten notes from Mom, from his younger self further contextualise their relationship. Mom resolutely takes an active role in the images. Her challenging unrepentant gaze frequently looks out at us. And Leigh’s newer works trace Mom’s actions, but using himself, by placing his own ads in papers and soliciting women to make photographs that objectify him. In Leigh’s work, subject-object politics is always complex. Can you tell I’m a fan?