The Umbilical Vein

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The Umbilical Vein

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The analogue image archive made between 1990 and 2003 by Marilène Coolens & Lisa De Boeck

Photo Book | Hardcover (Black Linen) with Dust Jacket | Standard Portrait 8x10 inches (20x25 cm) , 166 pages | Printed on ProLine Pearl Photo Paper | Signed and numbered (limited edition of 50)

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Marilène began taking the photos that now make up ‘The Umbilical Vein’ when her daughter was just five and continued until she turned 18. Images of a nine-year old Lisa sitting on a bed in a Pucci blouse and high heels, others of her pouting seductively at the camera à la Marilyn Monroe or posing as Catwoman, capture the transformation of a child into a young woman. The photographs will leave few people cold. They taunt viewers, who find themselves wanting to give them a comfortable place within an understandable context. But a nagging question remains: Are they a statement on the sexualisation of girls, or do they simply add to that imagery? Or are they about something else altogether? According to the duo, they found inspiration for the characters Lisa portrays in their experience of the 1990s, the decade during which most of the photos were taken: pop culture, movies, fashion and pedestrians on the streets of Brussels. Lisa usually seems quite serious in the photos, often almost unhappy. But Marilène encourages you to look closer to find a child’s daily reality. And you find this in tiny details, such as a faint trail of spaghetti sauce in the corner of Catwoman’s mouth.