Laura Gonzalez


11 Aug 2006

Nazareth Pacheco

necklaceIt is quite difficult to come by artists that are truly seductive. Doing my usual “seduction + artist” search in Google, I came across a page that related Louise Bourgeois to a Brazilian artist named Nazareth Pacheco. I was stunned by her pieces. It is as if someone has taken the lead from Man Ray’s Cadeau in the place where Chema Madoz, where his photographed objects, left it hanging. Like many other seductive artists (Sharon Kivland, Naia del Castillo, Mary Kelly, Victoria Civera…), she works with issues around the body, femininity, subjectivity and pain, which can be contextualised beautifully within psychoanalytic theory. I am beginning to wonder whether the gender issues pertaining to the study of seduction are not a lot greater than I perviously thought.

The themes relating art and design persist. Like with Meret Oppenheim’s Breakfast in Furs, Pacheco’s work are usable, wearable, in a sense, albeit dangerous, uncomfortable, painful. This is where reversible strategies, the challenges of seduction, manifests themselves at their best. She teases us with intense feeling, she entices us to stretch our arm take the necklace and sport it with our best evening dress… The crystals coexist with medical needles in the piece, needles used for stitching up wounds or incisions (real or metaphorical) with a suture.

Image credits: Nazareth Pacheco, Untited, 1999, Crystal, suture needles, 40 x 20 x 6 cm

Posted in Blog, Seductive artworks, Seductive things

2 Responses to “Nazareth Pacheco”

  1. Noelia said:

    Hola Laura,

    No te escribo en ingles para que sientas tu lengua. Te di de alta en la Web de comunidad de BilbaÃnos. Me encanta los temas que tocas y sobre todo el estudio que est?s haciendo.


  2. sandrastoun said:

    Ho take from me a little pussycat ? see video

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About Me

I am an artist and writer. My recent practice performance, film, dance, photography and text, and my work has been performed, exhibited and published in many venues in Europe and the US. I have spoken at numerous conferences and events, including the Museum for the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, the Medical Museum in Copenhagen, College Arts Association and the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society. When I am not following Freud, Lacan and Marx’s footsteps with my camera or creating performance works as part of my Athenaeum Research Fellowship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, I teach postgraduate students at Transart Institute.

I am currently immersed in an interdisciplinary project exploring knowledge and the body of the hysteric. In 2013, together with Child and Adolescent Mental Health practitioner Frances Davies, I co-edited the book ‘Madness, Women and the Power of Art’, to which I contributed a work authored with Eleanor Bowen. My book ‘Make Me Yours: How Art Seduces’ was published by Cambridge Scholars in 2016. In this text, investigates psychoanalytic approaches to making and understanding objects of seduction, including an examination of parallels between artistic and analytic practices, a study of Manolo Blahnik’s shoes as objects of desire, a disturbing encounter with Marcel Duchamp’s last work, and the creation of a psychoanalytically inspired Discourse of the Artefact, a framework enabling the circulation of questions and answers through a relational approach to artworks.