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Artist Talia Greene Uses Flies to Alter 19th Century Photographs

 - May 16, 2017
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In her series 'Coiffed: A Typology of Entropic Variations,' artist Talia Greene uses flies to alter 19th century photographs, making for fascinating but disturbing works of art.

According to Greene, "the swarming beards and hairstyles take our attempts to control our bodies to an absurd degree, with a playful exaggeration of the quotidian frustration of taming our hair." The contrast of seeing images of what was such a controlled culture being overwhelmed with insects makes for a compelling juxtaposition. Greene glues the flies directly onto the photographs in patterns that amplifies the idea of a lack of control. The series also highlights the invasive nature of colonialist ethos. By placing portraits of Western settlers and Orientalist postcards side-by-side and infesting both images with flies, Talia Greene is commenting on the invasive nature of what was perceived to be such a moral and controlled society.