Alexander Lendrum

Editorial curator, born and raised in Hong Kong

An Abstract Approach to the Dark Depths of Erotica in New Photo Book ‘VISCERAL’ (NSFW)

Sexual exploration is something that everyone does in their own way. While some like to keep things safe and fairly traditional in the act of copulation, others seek to “expand their horizons” through exploration. And then there are those that have the confidence to straight up nose-dive into the dark depths of extremism, where pleasure starts to blend into other physical and mental sensations. Creative Director Amy Hood is a person that certainly appears to be of the latter, having published Cult Classic, a “gothic retro-fetishism” photo book that features “lurid sex, shocking violence, intense devotion, and thought provocation.” Following that project is her latest effort VISCERAL, which takes on a more aesthetically abstract approach–interspersed with other non-erotic references–that reflects a psychological examination into intimate sexual relationships.

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Published under Vicious LTD (which also houses the aforementioned Cult Classic), the new book is officially described as such: “Visceral examines the often unconventional reality of intimate psychology and human interrelations, our fascination with feeling in dark extremity and the evocation of our deepest emotions.” The book featured photographic work by Bil Brown, David Bellemere, Enga Purevjav, Kirsten Bode, Michael Donovan, Pola Esther and Sante D’Orazio, and written pieces by Ava Berlin, Brian McGreevy, John Paul Pryor, Kate Messinger, Lydia Lunch, Stephen Elliott and Vanessa Matic, all of which share their own exploration into the topic of sexual extremity. Check out the promo video in the jump above, as well as a few excerpts from the book throughout, then head here to pre-order yourself a copy because you know you want to.

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Alexander Lendrum

Editorial curator, born and raised in Hong Kong

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