Alina Noir‘s photographs are rooted in literature and art history – particularly the Renaissance – her academic training laying the foundations for her aesthetic approach to her subject matter which ranges from the work of other artists to the mystical writings from the Judeo-Christian tradition, such as the Aggadah and early Christian monastic teachings.
This fusion of technology, art and ancient literature gives life to a complex web of intriguing pictures that seek to explore new ways of seeing accepted ideas that have been passed down through generations. Working with a team of theatre actors and ballet dancers Noir uses the geometry of the body to create space, to demand a new shape, a new perception of received philosophies, the nude form expressing an infinite variety of human situations and emotions; force, fragility, sexual despair, attractiveness, solitude, connection. This interaction of vulnerable bodies in space rekindles our passions, our visceral need to give a spiritual dimension to the corporeal world. Here’s what she has to say about her work:
Because Lyon is a Renaissance city, my work is impregnated by my surroundings, and I am influenced by classical paintings (Renaissance and Baroque). My big idols are Caravaggio and Fra Filippo Lippi.
When I started photography, I was only shooting colour. I could only concentrate on the colour and its infinite possibilities, to the point where I sometimes forgot that an image (photography or painting) needs a story or an idea in order to function properly. I shoot theatre and nude photography. Shooting nude came to me just as naturally as shooting black-and-white. Nudity is a very strong costume which can express an infinite variety of human situations and emotions and I am interested in observing how bodies interact with each other and in a given space. I am very lucky to have a team of theatre actors and dancers who are able to communicate my ideas through movements and facial expressions. Everybody I work with has a strong interest in art and a healthy artistic practice which they complement by working with me. It is a great privilege to have models who find pleasure in using their bodies as a vehicle for emotion, not just as attractive surfaces.