NEWS
February 2019

FONDAZIONE PRADA OSSERVATORIO: “SURROGATI. UN AMORE IDEALE” (SURROGATE. A LOVE IDEAL) BY JAMIE DIAMOND AND ELENA DORFMAN

“Surrogati. Un amore ideale” – photo by di Mattia Balsamini

Fondazione Prada presents “Surrogati. Un amore ideale” (Surrogate. A Love Ideal), an exhibition curated by Melissa Harris, from 21 February to 22 July 2019 at the Osservatorio venue in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan.

Comprising a selection of 42 photographic works by Jamie Diamond (Brooklyn, USA, 1983) and Elena Dorfman (Boston, USA, 1965), the project explores the notions of familiar, romantic and sexual love: the emotional link between a man or a woman and a synthetic representation of a human.

Both photographers portrayed these lifelike surrogates as desired, fetishized, and idealized beings, “living” as such with their flesh and blood mothers and partners, and sometimes with their immediate families as well. As stated by Melissa Harris, “by showing these vignettes of traditional domesticity, love, and/or eroticism, Dorfman’s and Diamond’s representations take on an unexpected poignancy.”

 

Fondazione Prada – Osservatorio
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – Milan

“Surrogati. Un amore ideale” - works by Elena Dorfman, photo by Mattia Balsamini
“Surrogati. Un amore ideale” - works by Jamie Diamond, photo by Mattia Balsamini
“Surrogati. Un amore ideale” - works by Elena Dorfman, photo by Mattia Balsamini
“Surrogati. Un amore ideale - works by Jamie Diamond, photo by Mattia Balsamini
“Surrogati. Un amore ideale" - works by Elena Dorfman, photo by Mattia Balsamini
“Surrogati. Un amore ideale - works by Jamie Diamond, photo by Mattia Balsamini