UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Goran Bertok is an artist and photographer profoundly obsessed with violence and its consequences on the human body. Some might call it dark or sinister, however it is nothing but the public display of images that most people do not want to see or acknowledge. His inclination has always been to depict and document the margins of society, phenomena that are often prohibited and certainly socially unacceptable. In past decade, western society has indiscriminately averted its gaze away from the sick, old, abused, or violated body and most definitely away from the corpse. Bertok s photographs, as naturalist and explicit as they are, are therefore too disturbing for today s tastes and for the mainstream perception of human body and sexuality. Our society is bombarded with images of young, healthy, smooth, shiny and highly objectified bodies in popular culture. Conversely, Bertok s images of bodies are rough, unembellished, unapologetically realistic and graphic. The human body, which is the sole subject of his work, becomes a surface upon which the traces of life are carved and engraved. The geography of body containing imprints from the past relates powerfully something of the human condition of his models, be they practitioners of unconventional sexual practices, prisoners, former inmates of concentration camps, or anonymous decomposing corpses. He is attracted to extreme violence and death. But who of us, consumers of modern popular culture, is not? Death and violence sell.  Miha Colner, from Violence, Death and Decay essay

Goran Bertok on Photon Gallery

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