HARLEY WEIR Baron Issue 5 Function

Weir takes us on a visual essay exploring the female body through biological conditions. Conditions such as reproduction and birth. And how these are mediated in a patriarchal, capitalist society. The title of the book, Function, begs the question “what do our bodies do?”.

Each part holds several, often conflicting, functions. The female nipple, for example, is both an erogenous zone and a feeding station. And as such, causes both desire and disgust.

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HARLEY WEIR Baron Issue 5 Function

HARLEY WEIR Baron Issue 5 Function takes us on a visual essay exploring the female body through biological conditions. Conditions such as reproduction and birth. And how these are mediated in a patriarchal, capitalist society. The title of the book, Function, begs the question “what do our bodies do?”. Each part holds several, often conflicting, functions. The female nipple, for example, is both an erogenous zone and a feeding station. And as such, causes both desire and disgust.

The book contains a body of new work. As well as never before published fashion and documentary photographs. Childhood friends, colleagues and models are collaborators to Weir. Their input has been vital when constructing her work and interpreting the theme.

The models Jess Maybury and Lily Newmark, who have starred in previous works, are here captured as Mary and Child. Likewise, the stylist Camille Bidault-Waddington appears in a diptych beside her son Albert Cocker, also evoking Christian iconography. Harley’s childhood friend appears in a series of self-portraits depicting his experimentation with womanhood through cross-dressing, these appear alongside private emails to his lover.

The multi-media artist Colette Maison Lumiere was an inspiration. Weir was interested in her exploration of gender roles imbued in interiors, self-portraiture and performance. Harley Weir has created a series in collaboration with set designer Emma Roach, overpainting each of the images.  A number of suggestive still-lifes appear throughout the book. These explore the function of sexiness and the body as a commodity. The ending is a series of photographs documenting the labour of birth. So give the viewer an encounter with the place with which we all came from.

Helmut Lang

The fifth instalment of Baron introduces the art director Jamie Reid and contributing fashion editor Camille Bidault-Waddington. The book also contains Weir’s limited edition campaign for Helmut Lang. This opens and closes the issue and will appear only in Baron.

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