Drew Pettifer: I keep mine hidden - Art Collector

Drew Pettifer, Untitled (Dan asleep on his bed), 2009. Courtesy: the artist

14 November 2011 | Photographer Drew Pettifer is the subject of a new monograph titled I keep mine hidden.

Taking its title from a 1987 Smith’s song, the book is a collection of intimate photographs of the artist’s friends and lovers taken over the past two years.

Many focus on the naked or semi-naked bodies of young men – in bedrooms, bathrooms or swimming – catching the subjects in moments of self-admiration and introspection

Critic Daniel Palmer writes in the foreword: “While we might remark the prevalence of mirrors and liquids – hinting at the vulnerabilities
and fluidity of a certain kind of youthful male sexuality – above all, it seems, these are simply images of pretty young men who have been persuaded to pose by a friend who likes to look.”

He adds: “This is photography as a desiring machine and a tool to become other, reminding us that as much as photography concerns identity (from the family archive to the mug shot) it functions even more effectively as fantasy.”


I keep mine hidden is published by M.33 (64 pages, hardcover). It will be launched at the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne on 17 November 2011 at 6pm.

Jane O'Sullivan


Share this page:
           
Back to art news >