Pierre Molinier, lui-meme (myself). Photographs by Pierre Molinier. Text, Essay über den surrealistischen Hermaphroditen [Essay on the surrealistic hermaphrodite], by Peter Gorsen. Rogner & Bernhard, Munchen, 1972. 39 pp. + plates. Quarto. Edition of 2000 copies. Silk bound with debossed title. Original card slipcase. 50 pages photo-lithographs from the original photo-montages .
Pierre Molinier was part of the inner circle of Parisian Surrealists surrounding Andre Breton. His work was redisovered in the eighties and early nineties by those interested in the intersections of queer theory, photography and aesthetics. Vince Aletti The Book of 101 Books' writes, "Opening Pierre Molinier’s, lui-meme is like entering a dimly lit, well-protected private world…Molinier made these photographs in his bourgeois Bordeaux apartment, the ambivalence of their presentation – this reticent, almost reluctant unveiling – is appropriate. But the photos themselves, elaborate autoerotic tableaux staged for the camera, are unforgettably potent and disturbing." Therese Lichtenstein in Art in America wrote, "The images render precarious and ambiguous the categories of gender, with Molinier sometimes becoming a hermaphroditic figure. He strongly identified with femininity and female sexuality, once declaring, "I am a lesbian"… He was clearly in love with the image of himself as a phallic woman, brandishing long, sharp fingernails, dangerously pointed high heels and long, stockinged legs. Molinier's life and art were deeply entwined, and his images can perhaps be read not only as manifestations of the pleasures of sexual liberation but also as attempts to manage some underlying emotional trauma...his efforts to break away from social restraints and sexual prohibitions culminated in an ultimate transgressive act, carefully staged during a final "performance" in front of a mirror. Molinier pointed a loaded gun slightly below his chin and, instead of pressing a camera's cable release, pulled the trigger."
Fading to extremities; just a touch of wear to 'tips'; lacking glassine jacket.