For her first ever solo show in the city, Turkish photographer Begum Yetis has decided to plaster the walls of London’s Doomed Gallery with a series of large-scale images that blur the distinctions between art and pornography. This is a space where bulges and bare bottoms abound.
Working alongside stylist Matt King, Begum has put together Bear With Me, a photographic exhibition exploring the state of undress, with an emphasis on contemporary concepts of erotica today. The pair’s working relationship blossomed after Begum asked Matt to work on an underwear-focused story where wedgies and cameltoes would play a starring role.
The result is a one-night-only show that takes place today, 21 August.
Stating that she simply wanted to “explore the human figure using a playful approach,” Begum admits there’s still something seedy about the work on display. it’s a good seedy, though, the kind of seedy that still clings to certain streets of Soho on rainy Saturday evenings as autumn fades into winter. That kind of seedy.
Begum, who previously lived in LA, thinks of London as a more “accepting” city than her hometown of Istanbul when it comes to accepting the fact that all of us possess fleshy exteriors. “People there,” she says, “are frightened by the idea of a naked body.”
Begum, and her subjects, clearly aren’t.