“Vulgarity, from the Latin term Vulgus, was the term for common people, an insinuation of the ordinary. We consider the vulgar to be crude, below our station, brash, crass, rough – terms that are charged with ill interest, with gall, with remorse. What if vulgar was not a bad thing at all, merely a removal of a mask. The slipperiness of expectation slinking away?” – Words by Isabella Rose Celeste Davey
The book is a mix of still life, other found forms and created sculptural forms photographed. Fruit, material, fabric and figures are brought together and changed by subtle shades of color. Bek’s photography tend to seem uneasy, as if something might go wrong. Her images impose a sense of discomfort, little cracks beneath the surface. It is through these minutiae ruptures in the surfaces she exposes that a material hierarchy forms – is marble better than foam? Does a stone fountain overshadow a bathroom tap? – she asks you to scratch through the surface and to see what’s behind.
Tine Bek (born in 1988) is a Danish visual artist who primarily works with video and photography. She studied History before graduated from Fatamorgana – The Danish School of art Photography and Glasgow School of Art, where she holds a Master degree in Fine Art Photography. Bek has exhibited in Denmark, UK, Norway, Lithuania, Germany and USA among others. The book has been awarded with the Hasselblad Foundation’s Photo Book Grant 2021.
- OTA-bound softcover with flaps
- ISBN 978-87-970520-9-9
- 22 × 29 cm
- 184 pages
- 150 color plates
- Text by James McCann and Michail Mersinis