Photography & Videography: Mr. iozo
Makeup: Jules Scotese
Assistant: Christopher De Leon
Music: Billy McFeely
By now, we all know women rule the world. So, there’s nothing more dangerous than an angry girl gang—at least, in Mr. iozo‘s world. In his latest series, the New York photographer/director showcases the power of women in groups—and the violence that can occur. Inspired by Kill Bill and the hyper-aggressive video for M.I.A.’s “Bring The Noize,” GOSH tells the story of a homicidal girl gang that’s as crazy as they are cool. Highlighting themes of betrayal and isolation, the short film and photo set illustrates one very twisted girls night out. But it’s not just gore and misandry. Iozo uses GOSH to explore his own journey for self-acceptance, delivering a series of visuals that convey not just violence, but female empowerment. Through the imagery, iozo comes to terms with his own demons, as his subjects work to embrace theirs.
BULLETT caught up with the artist to hear more about the series. Watch the GOSH intro below, and view the photos above.
Tell me about GOSH. What inspired it?
The whole series is really about my state of mind over the last year—the girls represent my thoughts in action, and the car, my mind. […] I’m not much of a talker in person—I tend to keep to myself. GOSH became my form of self-expression.
What were your visual references?
I was really inspired by M.I.A.’s music video for ‘Bring The Noize,’ especially the first minute. […] But my influences are Stanley Kubrick, Romain Gavras and Ridley Scott, in terms of cinematography and camera work. But I’m also really inspired by other things, like comics and video games.
Why’d you decide to use an all-girl gang?
Because women can be badasses in photography, too. […] There’s nothing wrong with feeling free with your body. But photographers, especially on social media, just sexualize women—it’s oversaturated the entire nude genre. At some point, you have to ask yourself, ‘How much depth is there really on this image of this girl sticking her butt out on a chair?’
What about the format? Why use a photo series instead of a film?
GOSH is meant to be a film told through pictures. I chose this setup because photography nowadays, is exactly the same. […] I like trying different things and I want people to see that I am more than just neon lights—my work is always changing. Most photographers—you already know what their work will look like before you see it. But I don’t stick to one aesthetic—my next big set will look different than GOSH and GOSH looks different than KISS LAND. I embrace different.
What do you want people to take away from the piece?
Whatever they want. They may find it amazing or just over-hyped—I just want the audience to feel how they feel. We all have emotions for a reason, and I hope GOSH can inspire at least one person to see that there’s more out there.
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