Body Images
May 2019

Our skin is a complex organ. It is a membrane, a thin dividing surface between our bodies and all that lies within us and the exterior world without, a protective container for the fluid memory of the seas we carry within us. It is also a direct interface between the two: it conveys tactile information to our nervous systems and identifying information to others around us. Thus it both partitions and connects. Though the skin is undeniably of vital importance, the ways in which it is important shift with social changes: the meanings attached to skin and physical attributes are not fixed. And where lies identity, then, within or on our surfaces? In the brain, the consciousness, or even the microbiome? The films in this issue seek out identity and body as they move back and forth across the barrier of the skin, from our sun-buffering melanocytes to our particular neurochemistries, visiting in the process the many other meanings invested in our bodies: desire and reproduction, health and disease, life and death, yoga class and beach.

Be My Guest

by David Jermyn
FILM

The Biology of Skin Color

by Rob Whittlesey
FILM

Haute Flash

by Marne Lucas
FILM

Dead. Tissue. Love

by Natasha Austin-Green
FILM

Mausoleum

by Lauri Randla
FILM

Cradle

by Devon Manney
FILM

2076 (Elegy)

by Karly Stark
FILM

Free Yoga Week

by Evan Mann
FILM

Hairy

by Anka Schmid
FILM

Mind Your Body

by Silke C. Engler
FILM

Squame

by Nicolas Brault
FILM

Some of Her Parts

by Abie Sidell
FILM

I'm Not Sure

by Gabriel Hensche
FILM

A New Kind of Ray

by Emma Rozanski
FILM

Jeom

by Kangmin Kim
FILM

Unravel

by Evan Luchkow
FILM

“What Happens to the Mountain” or “Laramie”?

by Christin Turner
FILM

Bittersweet

by Hugh Rodgers
FILM

Bird Watch - Health

by Zahra Al-Mahdi
FILM

Venus

by Jessica Oreck
FILM

Hybridities: Almost Other

by Günes-Hélène Isitan
FILM

In Crystal Skin

by Michaela O'Brien
FILM

Retrosexe

by Jean-Baptiste Saurel
FILM

Skin

by Farah Diab
FILM

Notes from the Interior

by Ben Balcom
FILM

Lamina

by Christian Tschanz
FILM

Carne Que Recuerda (Flesh That Remembers)

by Dalia Huerta Cano
FILM

Peau (Skin)

by Marine Koenig
FILM

Our Lady of the Hormones

by Bertrand Mandico
FILM

Limbic

by Manfred Borsch
FILM

A Biometric Tale

by Nicolas Jacquet
FILM
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