A Russian website recently published an article about a Russian artist who photographed the bodies of predominately white males and females in an effort to produce a form of art. These are really good photographs, and like most artwork, art portrays symbols and ideas that lay between the conscious and subconscious, the left-brain and right-brain. Symbols display something literal on the surface as well an underlying meaning beneath the surface. When looking at these pictures one can interpret the messages both consciously and subconsciously simultaneously. I will attempt to decode the symbolic messages in this artwork.
As hinted in the introduction (if you haven’t please read it), a white person’s inability to produce visible melanin in the form of skin color is a genetic deficiency. Nature all around us is full of melanin. Even the cosmos from which we’ve come is dominated by melanin. Photosynthesis in plants is a form of melanin. Black is actually the combination of all colors put together. Black can even produce white. In fact one look at Africa and you can see crystal black mothers and fathers who produce crystal white children as a result of a genetic mutation which we know as Albinism who commonly have a somewhat less-adequate muscle structure, reproductive deficiency (inability to produce pigmented skin, smaller penis, …) , etc. People view albino as being a bit abnormal, but otherwise not much different than anyone else. Migrating to colder and colder regions geographically and having lack of sunlight caused depigmentation to the point where one could no longer genetically produce pigment. White people originally having African parents as a result of a genetic mutation is a later discussion. Being white is just a variation of albinism. But the same is also true of animals. In a white supremacy (racism) society it is of no coincidence that if I refer to a scientist’s “lab rat” the first image to come to mind is an albino mouse/rat with red eyes, whereas the majority of mice/rats actually have color. The reason for using the less common albino mice in lab experiments to find cures to diseases is also another discussion.
I believe that when a white person sees a black person, they believe they see true nature, whether consciously or subconsciously. There’s a reason why white women say they want a man who’s “tall, *dark*, and handsome,” it’s only natural. Because of this psycho-spiritual feeling of whites toward nature they began to feel ashamed of their white naked bodies and began putting on clothes. Fast-forward to today and you see white-skinned people disregard the risk of cancer just to get a sun tan to have color. Most make-up exist to add color to white skin. Perhaps some even reproduce with a non-white to create the illusion they have the ability to produce color. In either case, a white-skinned person longs to return to and be accepted by nature. White people do not want to feel ashamed of their nakedness. And that’s what this artwork tries to portray.
The artists does a great job expressing “this is who we are and we are not ashamed of our bodies no longer.” That’s the idea anyway. It was a chance for white-skinned people to embrace their nakedness, but do they feel that nature has yet to accept their abnormal, genetically-mutated bodies? That’s for white people to decide within themselves. The famous story of Tarzan who was an albino born of two African parents was abandoned by his Black parents due to his genetic deficiency and was nursed by a pitch-black ape. Tarzan reacted with much aggression by returning with the mission of conquering all of Africa fighting back at nature. Ask yourself why Tarzan is super popular after having been created 100 years ago.
There is sort of a paradox here though. As the artist tries to portray and be proud of white nakedness, even then the artist could not resist sprinkling at least some color in the photos. Remember, there are only two groups on this planet: white (minority) and non-white (majority). So did the artist truly accept the white naked form, or was there still an ounce of shame left that the artist had to sprinkle in color around the white naked form? Only the artist knows why, but this is how I’ve decoded this symbolic art.
If you’re white, how do you feel about your bare, untanned, naked body in it’s most original form?