Cock Fight


In 1998 Mexican artist Joshua Okon made a video called Cock Fight, featuring two young women uttering some particularly creative profanities.  Their slurs and behaviour emulate some of the insults and dirty jokes on occasion directed at women.  But Cock Fight turns this problematic conduct on its head, with the female protagonists reclaiming bad language and aggressive posturing and transforming it into an oddly entertaining song and dance routine.

Cock Fight

Polymorpous


Above is an excellent short documentary on expat Australian photographer Polly Borland.  Directed by Alex Chomicz, Polymorpous features interviews with some of Borland’s closest friends, including Nick Cave, Cate Blanchett, her husband John Hillcoat and LOL’s absolute fave writer, Will Self.  The short also covers the development of a number of Borland’s key series, including Smudge, Bunny and her unsettling early documentary series The Babies about…adult babies.  Oddly enough, it was after she completed this series that she was invited to photograph The Queen…

In Melbourne, Borland shows with Murray White Room, who exhibited her 2012 series Pupa last year.  Images from this series have recently been reproduced in a Perimeter Editions publication, ‘You’, that you can buy online here.  In it is a short essay by another pal of Borland’s, Tony Clark, whose work incidentally crops up regularly in the background of Polymorphous.

Polymorpous