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This Is Shahnoza 3

This Is Shahnoza 3
Signed Print

Julian Opie

Screenprint, 2006
Signed Print Edition of 40
H 57cm x W 136cm

Critical Review

As with many of Opie’s figures, the model in this print is anonymised by her featureless face and is thus reduced to a ‘type’, rather than being someone to be recognised. At the same time, Opie depicts the figure as always facing the viewer, and so by self-consciously subjecting herself to being looked at she maintains her sovereignty over the desiring gaze and disrupts the expectations of the viewer.

This is Shahnoza 3 is theatrical in its use of movement and motion. Wearing a black dress, the woman is depicted in a series of dynamic and alluring poses typical of choreography seen in strip clubs and popular culture. Opie unsettles the viewer’s assumptions of what constitutes high art by presenting an image that is more likely to be found in a ‘gentleman’s club’ than in an art gallery setting.

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