Belongs to Joe.
Photographs by Casper Sejersen.
164 pp., 78 color illustrations, 9¾x12".
Through visuals of lust and religion, orgasms and adolescence, the Virgin Mary and a cat o’nine tails, guns and tree leaves, an ash tree, chocolate and other objects, Casper Sejersen produces a visual narrative on Lars von Trier’s nymphomaniac, Joe.
Casper Sejersen was employed to document the 2013 cinematic project Nymphomaniac by Lars von Trier. Along with all the cast and crew, Sejersen was required to read the film script in full and as a result immediately abandoned his initial idea of a behind-the-scenes photographic series. He instead developed Belongs to Joe as a remix of von Trier’s film, attempting to unpick the many layers of the story, functioning as an alternative façade to von Trier’s beautifully constructed narrative in a powerful, arresting and discomfiting book.
To Sejersen, Nymphomaniac summarises von Trier’s career to date. A comedy, a thriller and a drama, the film deals with issues of female emancipation, moral codes and religion, reflected in the emotionally charged symbolic imagery. Sejersen's nude portraits are accompanied by narrative objects chosen by Danish art historian, Cecilie Høgsbro Østergaard, which allude to a carefully constructed visual history of eroticism. Sejersen’s dry aesthetic interpretation of von Trier's vision punctuates the image sequences with precision and a sparse sterility.
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