Sarah Rara is an artist residing in Los Angeles. Her new book Earth Breakup is a collection of polaroids and poems from 2015 produced from the right coast to the left coast. She is a contributing member of the group Lucky Dragons. Her work, solo and in collaboration, has been exhbited at institutions such as the Hammer Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, London’s Institute for Contemporary Art, MOCA Los Angeles, the Getty Center, and the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, among others.
One of the Polaroid's acknowledged masters, Guy Bourdin (1928-1991) brought to the medium an uncanny ability to combine the snapshot feel with a strong patina of glamour, and of course plenty of sexiness. A protégé of Man Ray, and best known today for his controversial fashion photography, Bourdin like his teacher often brought an edge of menace or discomfort to his eroticism, with surrealistic props and implied narratives. Like the Surrealists, he often devised ways to bisect the female form, usually by cropping out above the waist; all these traits of Bourdin's fashion photography are to be found here, in this selection of 98 Polaroids, most of which have never previously been published. Ranging in formality from casual seaside erotica to darkened interiors with disembodied legs and arms poking into the frame, these images step outside the safety of the fashion shoot, conjuring a real-life realm steeped in an ominous sexuality.