by Rachel Oakley in New Art on Friday 4 October 2013

Phillip Toledano is one of the coolest conceptual artists around. Some of his photographic collections include the fascinating Phonesex, Kim Jong Phil and the moving Days with my Father exhibition that captured the relationship between Toledano and his father over three years.

His latest exhibition The Absent Portrait is showing at the Edmund Pearce Gallery in Melbourne, and is a collection of photographs of original, censored packaging from Iran.

You’ll notice that the women on the packages (from pool toys to tights) have been deleted with thick, black marker. ‘The censor becomes an artist. And the censored figure becomes a portrait. A portrait not of a person, but of absence. Of suppression. A portrait of a point of view,’ says Toledano. ‘The censor, whose job it is to erase, becomes the person who makes us look.’

Via Time Light Box