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The Seductive works of Maryam Eisler: If only these walls could talk

at Alon Zakaim Fine Art, London

by Sara Darling

Head to Alon Zakaim Fine Art, in London, to catch the sublime photography exhibition by London-based, Iranian artist Maryam Eisler. With a suggestive title, one could only imagine what would unfold within the walls of the two-storey gallery.

Most of the ginormous black-and-white images were shot at the infamous Nord-Pinus Hotel in Arles, which has a rich reputation for attracting creative minds and great thinkers. Situated in the heart of the city, the hotel was once owned by a cabaret dancer and a tightrope-walking clown, and in its heyday, was the haunt of bullfighters, writers and artists including Picasso, Cocteau, Churchill, Hemingway and Van Gogh.

A seductive art experience

The glamour has faded over time, but the hotel still oozes a sense of mystery, which is reinforced by the seductive and eclectic mixture of furnishings that celebrate its vibrant history and bohemian past. Eisler celebrates the female form by contrasting her models (and a male matador) in various states of undress and indulgence, but it is more than voyeuristic.

These strong characters own their passion, and akin to Helmut Newton’s iconic 1973 Vogue shoot with Charlotte Rampling, which took place at the hotel, Eisler has chosen to explore the subject of ‘La Femme’ in the Now.

The 27 images were shot between lockdowns in 2021, and celebrate the masculine and feminine tensions that the city has seen and lived over centuries. The resulting series embodies women who are strong and seductive yet unattainable; projecting an idea of uncompromising femininity, with models lounging in boudoirs, against curling ironwork and impressive door frames in complete control.

One particular image that struck me was the unapologetic feast of shellfish, which celebrates women’s power over their bodies, and what they can eat; whilst three pictures reference the famous bullfighter, Luis Miguel Dominguín, who used to greet his adoring crowds from the balcony. However, Eisler has turned that male-dominated tradition on its head by including women as temptresses, which celebrates the dominance of the female form.

Catch the exhibition by Maryam Eisler at Alon Zakaim Fine Art until 24th November.

Alon Zakaim Fine Art
27 Cork Street
London
W1S 3NG

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  • Sara Darling

    Sara has many years’ experience as a fashion & lifestyle journalist, she Co-Founded 55 Magazine in 2011 and still styles and writes across a number of print and web titles. With a passion for travel, fashion and adventures, writing is her dream job. She can never say no to a glass of fizz, owns more than ten pairs of leather trousers and is obsessed with new exercise fads. Current fave is Bounce.

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