Cindy Hinant > Work

Upskirts at Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles
Upskirts at Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles
Image Courtesy Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles

The works appear to be completely black, but upon further viewing a faint photographic image emerges. Hinant, whose practice often examines the representation of young women in the mass media, appropriated images of celebrities exiting the ubiquitous black car or limousine, a staple of the celebrity circuit. The found photograph is typical of another popular millennial genre termed “upskirt” where starlets or reality television personalities “mistakenly” flash their undergarments or their genitals. Like the sex tapes, their intentionality is beside the point; now an industry, there are websites and fan forums devoted to these lucrative images. Hinant appropriates the original image, rendering it upside down, a play on the term “upskirt,” and almost completely obliterates it through a digital process of obfuscation.

–Battista, Kathy, New York New Wave: Feminist Artists in Emerging Practices, London: IB Taurus, 2019.