A series of photographic portraits of bald men (viewed from behind), their heads smeared with oil.
“I collected the men on the street, with no prior acquaintance. I brought them to the studio, shaved their heads, and smeared them with the oil. The resulting image is sculptural, erectile, and animal”, says Yudkovik.
In many of the images, Yudkovik bestows an aura upon the smooth heads, glorifying the object.
Jacque Lacan distinguished between the penis, the male organ in its biological sense, and the phallus, the symbolic and imaginary function of this organ. In Yudkovik’s series of photographs, the close-ups of these bald heads become phallic images that seem almost pornographic: male exhibitionism, physicality, and eroticism as an analogy of anatomy.
Dr. Hadara Scheflan Katzav