By challenging the boundaries between public and private spaces, I try to push the established borders – even within the LGBTQI+ community.
When I was a child, I wanted to be a circus performer and an illusionist. To learn to pretend, to see beyond appearances. Although it is believed to capture slices of life, photography is infatuated with illusion. Who still takes its word for it? My work is about construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction of the self-image. Between fantasized reality and admitted fantasy. Imagination is often more subtle than the front of what is believed to be the truth. By choosing a framing, the photographer separates his work from reality. As he does so, he sometimes makes it more interesting.
I’m not aiming for institutional recognition, academic status, or corporate partnerships. This allows me to make no compromise and to go my own way. This freedom means a lot to me. with a big brand. So I don’t make any concessions and I go where I want to go. I enjoy this freedom. I have often found the people from the BDSM scene to be more genuine and generous than those sticking to vanillas sex or taking shame in their sexual practices. I take pride and joy in drawing attention to sincere people. I can’t imagine I’ll ever find them ridiculous. Even though the rules of ambient morality blame them. People with bad reputations excite me. If at all, I’ll make fun of the prevailing hypocrisy.
When you look at it, our time is one of harsh sexual regression. Today’s cultural scene is extremely inhibited. There is no way you’ll put sex into a project without it being considered inappropriate and obscene. The social media reflect the strength of puritanical values and political correctness in the US. This has led to an ubiquitous (self-)censorship. Porn, with its rough edge, has inspired my sensitiveness as an artist. I don’t dissociate masturbatory support from intellectual masturbation. In my eyes, they get along fairly well. Unfortunately, we consider sex to be an individual matter instead of looking at it from a political perspective. Staging non-hegemonic sexualities is a strong political act, politically. From my point of view, pornography is also a political weapon, an under-exploited cultural resource. Poetry in in porn is a beautiful topic to fight for.
Marc Martin (1971) is a French photographer and video artist. He lives and works in Paris and Berlin.
Latest book releases (selection):
Beau Menteur, Agua 2021.
Les tasses, Toilettes publiques – Affaires privées, Agua 2019.
Fenster zum Klo, Agua/ Schwules Museum, 2017.
Fallos [feat. Arthur Gillet], Agua 2016.
Dur Labeur, Agua, 2015.
Latest exhibitions (selection):
Beau Menteur, Nov.4 2021-Jan.6 2022, Eisenherz, Berlin.
Beau Menteur, Sep.8-Oct.10 2021, Galerie Mille Lieux, Paris.
Les tasses, Sep.18-Oct.3 2020 LaVallée, Brussels.
Les tasses, Nov.19-Dec.5 2019, Point Éphémère, Paris.
The Eroticism of Things, May2-Aug.18 2018 (collective), Museum der Dinge, Berlin.
Fenster zum Klo, Nov.16 2017 – Feb.19 2018, Schwules Museum, Berlin.
Forbidden, June 16-18 2017 (collective), Leslie-Lohman Museum, New York.
Dur Labeur, Dec.2 2015 – Jan.30 2016, Au Bonheur du Jour, Paris.
Dur Labeur, Sep.11-Oct.24 2015, Galerie Koll & Friends, Berlin.
Things that stink, Sep.5-Oct.5 2012 (collective), WasserGalerie, Berlin.