Handmade artist zine, Birds of Paradise, explores the relationship between desire and repulsion through figurative representation of raised middle fingers- in various states of undressed. Colloquially referred to as "flipping the bird," the gesture of a raised middle finger, particularly from a male-identifying body, has a history of being used to communicate anger, disrespect, derision, or non-specific insult. Although the subjects and setting vary from image to image, the general gesture remains consistent - questioning motivation within the images and gesture itself. Are the intention and delivery of being flipped-off consistent across each image? Does the repetition dilute the potential intensity of the act? To what extent does the details of the figure and surroundings alter the potential intention of the gesture?
"It's one of the most ancient insult gestures known," says anthropologist Desmond Morris. "The middle finger is the penis and the curled fingers on either side are the testicles. By doing it, you are offering someone a phallic gesture. It is saying, 'this is a phallus' that you're offering to people, which is a very primeval display."
The 46-page zine is printed in full-color, stapled, and measures 8''x5'' All images used without permission. NSFW
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