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Zygotic Exposure

Chapman, Jake & Dinos

London. ICA. 1996
The Chapman Brothers' random photographic multiple work.

Published in conjunction with the Chapman brothers notorious Chapmanworld exhibition at London's ICA gallery (May - July 1996) was the photographic work 'Zygotic Exposure'. The edition consisted of 100 undeveloped colour films, each made up of a completely different set of images taken by the brothers. As the ICA's sales pitch said at the time, 'it could be anything or it could be nothing'. It was the responsibility of the purchaser to have the film developed.

This set consists almost entirely of the brother's trademark zygotic mannequins in staged set-ups in their studio. Situated in the cavernous dark spaces of a deserted warehouse, the Chapman's studio is seemingly full of the dismembered limbs of their pubescent mannequin sculptures, their mutant forms locked into onanistic poses, madly reproducing.

Each set of photographs is unique, and comes with a justification signed by the artists.
Complete set of 36 original colour photographs, each 100 x 142 mm. With justification 'Zygotic Exposure, 1996. 36 originals by Dinos and Jake Chapman', signed by both artists.

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