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Torso/Skaliert

Schork make their pictures from photographs of torsos. The colouring on the pictures is created by mixing various skin types and colours. Schork´s work makes reference to the categorization of skin colours once made by the Austrian physician Felix von Luschan. In the early part of the twentieth century the ethnologist and race scientist made a collection of 36 coloured segments on ceramic discs that could be used to categoraize skin colouring; (1) to yellow, brown and dark black (36). As it soon turned out, one body always has several different skin shades. The method proved of little practical use. Schork´s transformation of the historic skin register dissociates the systematic, academic classification from its original function and translates it into aesthetic objects. (by Dirk Möllmann)