Portfolio: Sivan Askayo shoots other people's laundry in her series 'Intimacy Under the Wires'
Sunday 24 November 2013
'We are all voyeurs," says Sivan Askayo – though before anyone gets offended, she is happy to sweeten this scurrilous reality check: "Photographers maybe more than others." It's a pertinent addendum given the subject of her ongoing project: shooting other people's laundry.
The 38-year-old began the series, called "Intimacy Under the Wires", quite randomly in April 2010, while holidaying in her native Israel. "I'd made plans to meet a friend at the flea market in Jaffa. While waiting for him, I wandered the quiet back streets when a woman's voice from above caught my attention. I looked up and saw her hanging her laundry from the balcony. For some, it may be an ordinary chore, but I hadn't seen that since I'd moved to Manhattan 12 years earlier."
From looking at laundry, she realised, it's possible to tell a lot about its owners. "They hang sheets, their night clothes, even their underwear for all to see."
Whenever she has travelled since, she has made sure to keep her eyes skyward for insights into different cultures. "I often say that I don't take people's portraits, but cities'," she explains of her images from London, Barcelona, Naples, Tel Aviv, Venice, Hanoi and more.
The work is intimate yet also has a sense of energy and rhythm as the breeze blows her subjects dry. Not that Askayo is always as free to shoot as the laundry is to sway. "I get awkward looks from time to time. Sometimes people come and stand next to me, trying to figure out what I'm looking at. Or there are times when people shut their windows or took their clothes from the wire."
Such is the life of a voyeur.
For more: sivanaskayo.com
Bannatyne leaves Dragon's DenTV
They're back, they're big – and they're still spectacularly boringfilm
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Howard Jacobson: Let’s see the 'criticism' of Israel for what it really is
- 2 Gingers face extinction due to climate change, scientists warn
- 3 Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014: In defence of Mesut Ozil - the Arsenal midfielder works magic in the shadows
- 4 Pornhub pleads with users to stop uploading videos of Brazil 'getting f**ked by Germany' in the World Cup
- 5 Give childhood back to children: if we want our offspring to have happy, productive and moral lives, we must allow more time for play, not less
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
British jihadist calls for 'flag of Islam' over Downing Street and Buckingham Palace
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories