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WHITEWALL, Milton Keynes

The Centre MKMilton Keynes Contemporary - WHITEWALL @ thecentre:mk presents a new work by British photographer Marko Dutka.

So, you can shop 'til you drop and get a bit of culture, all in one!

The project is a collaboration with ‘classic’ model Daphne Selfe, a supermodel of her profession, entitled “Portrait of Genius” and runs from 21 March – 17 May.

The concept behind the exhibition is to produce a set of images that refer to Old Master paintings and the notion of Genius. However, the intent of the work is to question the real meaning of the word as it is a male specific term and can’t semantically be applied to women.

Marko said “By using Daphne I’ve been able to investigate ongoing concepts of the male exclusivity of genius and question the status of the male gaze and the female object. The subject has influenced Western society’s pre-conceptions of gender roles throughout the history of art.

Also the exhibition investigates the lineage of fashion photography and its historic links to fine art painting, a subject which is central to my practice.”

Daphne SelfeDaphne Selfe has a wide-ranging profile having been photographed by photographers including Rankin and Nick Knight. She has appeared in the UK TV series ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ and in Will Young’s Video for ‘Light My Fire’. She has also been photographed for a variety of designer campaigns including Moschino and she was photographed by Mario Testino for Dolce & Gabbana. Meanwhile, Marko has exhibited in National and International publications and books and won 36 major photography awards since 2004. He was nominated for the British Professional Fashion photographer of the Year in 2006 and his work has been exhibited widely including the RWA's ‘Through the Lens exhibition’ in 2008 and several times with the Royal Photographic Society.

For more information on past and future WHITEWALL exhibitions please visit A catalogue accompanies this exhibition and is available from Waterstones Bookshop in thecentre:mk, or directly from the WHITEWALL Website.

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