Melani de Luca's analysis of the virality of images in our mediated society with a case study around the image of female butts, booties, and behinds, and their influence in media, society, and art. The butt is a protagonist of mass-mediated culture, a democratic sex organ par excellence. The phenomenon of bootyfication exists in many contexts, as varied as the exploitation of the body in colonialism, to the booty-positivity of 90s hip hop culture. The propagation of the butt as the focal point of the female body is a political statement. It is a sign of the integration of different cultures, and their beauty ideals, into Western society—shifting cultural meanings incorporate African, Caribbean, and even Queer aesthetics.
Post-Butt explores different time periods and regions to analyse the political meaning of the usage of the image of female buttocks. It discusses the role of the booty in varied cultural expressions such as film, Internet art, music videos, dance and plastic surgery. Post-Butt aims to reflect on how society is conditioned by viral images, that do not only exist in the digital context, but have deep consequences on our physical world as well.
With an introduction by Charlotte van Buylaere, curator and writer specializing in post-feminism and Internet art.
Featuring Eminem, Nicki Minaj, Guy Debord, Beyonce, Amy Schumer, Kara Walker, Josephine Baker, Kim K., Saartje Baartman, Amalia Ulman and many more bootyful bombshells. Copiously illustrated.
Designed by Melani de Luca
Published by Onomatopee,
Printed in a first edition of 800 copies
Softcover, 176 pages, b&w and single color printing, 6.5 × 9.5 inches