Geiko's privacy #2

  • Daiane Soares
  • 2015
  • Inv. No. 62.15.09
  • Edition 100 + 2 AP
  • Categories: Persone, Ritratto, Ritratto
Size S
40x26cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Unframed Mounting
40x26cm Dimensions
Inkjet pigmented print on paper Hahnemuhle Technique
Showcase frame Mounting
40x26cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Mounted under plexiglass Mounting

Those who link the figure of the geisha with the Oriental myth of the sensual, provocative, submissive and servile woman are wrong. Geishas are instead an example of emancipation and freedom. The term geishageiko in the Kyoto dialect – translates literally to artist, a person of art. From the earliest age, in their quarters – hanamachi or flower town – these women start to learn the skills they will master as adults: music, singing, poetry, conversation, flower arranging, calligraphy, the tea ceremony, dressing. And make-up. White for her face, black for her eyes, red for her lips. The black and white of the pictures remove colours from our sight to protect her most private essence. Daiane Soares conveys this essence, capturing the reflection of their eyes in the mirror – the only link between the hidden interiority of the body and the exteriority of the world. The geisha paints her face in order to hide it. She sings, dances and entertains, like a living work of art, but the rest is secret. As the leading character noted in Rob Marshall’s film Memoirs of a Geisha,  «My world is as forbidden as it is fragile. Without its mysteries it cannot survive».
When she was just 18, Daiane Soares left Brazil to move to Europe – specifically, to Italy – where she earned a degree in Art, Music and Performance from the University of Bologna. Endowed with extraordinary sensitivity and in-depth knowledge of the great masters of Italian art, from Leonardo da Vinci to Michelangelo, she entered the world of art and photography in 2008, after years of working as model, a period that left a deep mark on her. Sensitive to the frustrating quest for perfection demanded by the fashion world, Daiane uses photography as a language to express the delicate balance between pain and beauty that characterizes the female subject. Within just a few years, Daiane began exhibiting around the world, from Europe to the United States and Japan. Some of the most notable of her photographic projects completed since 2009 are Moi & mes amies, Io Donna and Moi Femme, in which the female figure plays the leading role. Works from the first series were exhibited in 2011 at the Galerie de Tourgeville in Calvados, and in 2013 at the Axelle B Gallery in Houdan and the Archangel Gallery in Palm Springs, California. Important solo shows were devoted to her work at Space K in Tokyo and the Adnane Gallery in Geneva in 2013. That year she also exhibited her work at Io Donna, a collective show staged in the prestigious rooms of the Museum of Eroticism in Paris.