Cultartes Features ‘In Rooms’, The Visual Diary of Brittany Markert

Brittany Markert is a fine art photographer from Brooklyn, NY. What it takes is only few clicks on her shady website to get caught in some sort of an insurgent whirl of madness and taboo.

Her early artworks, most of them polaroids and self-portraits, show little of her dark-side imagery, but enough to realize her photographs are more than nudity and badass concepts. Brittany (28) started her current photography project, ‘In Rooms’, back in 2011.

(c) Brittany Markert
(c) Brittany Markert
(c) Brittany Markert
(c) Brittany Markert

She says on her website: “I was twenty four years old, alone in a cockroach infested apartment, in Guangzhou, China. Frame by frame my thoughts were haunted by these memories, these rooms, thinking of the intense intimate connections isolated through the entrance and exit of these spaces and how these experiences mirrored my own unstable image of my identity and sexuality.

In Rooms began as a visual diary in the winter of 2011”, Britanny concludes. 

(c) Brittany Markert
(c) Brittany Markert
(c) Brittany Markert
(c) Brittany Markert
(c) Brittany Markert
(c) Brittany Markert
(c) Brittany Markert
(c) Brittany Markert

With a title inspired in part by the technique she uses in the process (all photos are printed by herself in the darkroom) as well as the environment presented in the photographs, the latest works of In Rooms are bitter-sweet samples of the ’50 s American suburban era, where people were mowing the lawn in the daylight, raping girls in the basement at night and turning the iconic hotel building in the most vicious haunting place in USA.

Her newest artworks can picture almost suspiciously authentic scenes inspired by all kinds of situations that would make you turn your face away: murderers captured in their hotel rooms while standing by their victims’ body parts, nightmarish apparitions in the corners or abusive & fetishist erotica. With a deranged sense of morality, the artist gives new meanings to ideas like protection and submission.

(c) Brittany Markert
(c) Brittany Markert
(c) Brittany Markert
(c) Brittany Markert
(c) Brittany Markert
(c) Brittany Markert
(c) Brittany Markert
(c) Brittany Markert

As she already explained, these situations are visual exposures of her inner self (“unstable images of my identity and sexuality”), or cruel transcripts of what her mind cannot entirely absorb, as I believe. It seems like some nightmares are too toxic to be assimilated by our brains’ darkroom.

Find more of Brittany’s artworks on the project’s website. Follow her on Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram.

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Romanian self-taught writer, interested in contemporary art, unconventional culture and gonzo journalism. He's been writing for almost a decade while doing shitty jobs for a living. He's agnostic, supports a censorship-free world, he reads way less than he wants and he enjoys feminist porn.

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