Michael Hoppen Gallery
Inspired by Carlo Mollino's (1905-1973) polaroids of nude women, Samantha Roddick recreates these erotic scenes, staging these women in the same poses to comment on the male gaze. Mollino's story is even more interesting in a way. For 13 years, the designer secretly invited women to come and take their clothes off for him in his semi-secluded house, villa Zaira. Mollino would mount the polaroid unto a cardboard. Roddick chose twelve of his polaroids but reproduced twelve to show the seriality and how the women all look the same. Similar poses, similar outfits.