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everything is american now
Wednesday, February 01, 2006

This is a photo of the girls who were controlled by Charles Manson - and who carried out the Tate and LaBianca murders in 1969 - or is it? The photographer is a guy called Charlie White who does really odd things with fotos - spends time and money making them hyper real, believable. Maybe they are just actors dressed up in these interesting Quaker clothes - their heads freshly shaved reflecting the harsh courtroom light. I just came across this photo on a website - so I went to see the exhibition in Southwark yesterday - tiny gallery behind the Tate - very snooty and London in its we never get any viewers and we don't care kind of way - like to view art is so naff obviously - to be really cool you should just ignore it or look at it secretly on the web like pornography - except it would have been easier for me to have done some porn in Soho - just down the road from the meeting I was at - than cross the bleedin river on a freezing January day. Worth it worth it. I really wanted to see this photo - and I also got a lot more out of the other works - not many, but each so finely crafted and with a million stories - who is Jody? why has she been crying - how did she get that cut on her face? The gymnast girls somehow mirror and echo the Charlie girls - another set manipulated by men, this time their trainers/abusers - no doubt the girls love them to death. There's something about the girls the moment captured - and even if it never really happened we believe it did just exactly as it looks here frozen solid not some wafty little dream. Get down there and give those snotty southern girls a hard time.
3:58 PM  

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