New Natives

New Natives
Author: Joseph Maida & Peter Weiermair
Publisher: L'Artiere Edizioni
Language: English
Pages: 96
Size: 24.5cm x 30.5 cm
Weight: 1.0280 kg
Binding: Hardcover
Availability: In stock
Price: €45.00
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This book presents a selection of forty photographs from the seminal project New Natives created in Hawaii by American and Italian artist, Joseph Maida. The volume’s succession of images loosely follows the chronology of when the pictures were made from 2010-2014. In the instances where Maida asked the same model to pose before his camera on mulitiple occasions, the resulting portraits are grouped in subseries.

Thematic intersections of masculinity, ethnic origin, and sexuality are central to representation in this project. Primordial, indigenous body markings give way to contemporary tattoos, and clothing ranges from traditional costume to nothing at all. These young men’s appearances deviate from Euro-american standards of “male model,” but that is precisely the point. Projection of an identity — much like the interpretation of one — is the articulation of the wish of how one wants to be seen — or how one wishes to see. The photographer’s work is, thus, the product of a fantasy cum image.