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Pierre and Gilles Infuse Their Photographs with Outlandish Eroticism

 - Nov 24, 2014
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Pierre Commoy and Gilles Blanchard (of Pierre and Gilles) work together and play together. The couple, who have been an item for the entirety of their impressive career, take a surrealistic approach to pop culture portraits.

The duo's extravagant, over-the-top aesthetic has attracted celebrities such as Madonna and Iggy Pop. Needless to say, the couple have achieved their fair share of success, but that doesn't mean they've become complacent. In an effort to keep themselves from being pigeonholed into a single category, Pierre and Gilles challenge themselves by photographing a variety of people they admire.

Their work is both kitschy and provocative. It presents sexuality as a large, theatrical performance; something that is enacted, ritualized and magnified for the viewer's gaze.