New York Photo Review
Volume 4 Issue 1 January 3 to 9, 2013

The Genetic Wars by Barbara Confino

Photo-Essay #2
 by Barbara Confino.
Barbara Confino, Gymnastics Camp

In this theater of pubescent desire, the girl in the middle is center stage.

The others gaze at her with admiration and envy. For she is the one who can hold the pose longest.

They are at an age when both sexes fall in love with body images.

Arnold Schwarzenegger began at 14 to transform himself into the most bulked up man in the world, but girls, girls desire contortions of another kind. Those that succumb to the allure of gymnastics or ballet can never be too thin, too malleable, too paperclip perfect. No sacrifice is too great for them. No deviation from nature too grotesque.

It is an age when will triumphs over nature, image over reality. When both sexes are capable of applying themselves to a goal with single-minded ferocity, and one becomes what one wills.

And then she who holds the pose longest is queen.

Photo-Essay #2 by Barbara Confino

Barbara Confino is an artist and writer whose work is housed in such collections as The Bibliotheque Nationale de France and the British Museum. Her graphic history, The Genetic Wars, can be viewed at Her writings on art and culture have been published in ArtsCanada and The Village Voice among other publications. She is currently associate editor for The New York Photo Review.

Making Caribbean Dance by Susanna Sloat
Photographs by Norman Borden