I was born in Udine, Italy but moved to London, England when I was five. I have also lived in Johannesburg, Ottawa, Paris, Sao Paolo, Edinburgh and New York. I am quite at home wherever.
Gestation, Birth, Death & Recreation:
I aim to portray Power vs Force in human relations. Force is fleeting and propulsive, whilst power is constant. Power is equivalent to drive whilst force directly relates to desire. Drive swallows desire, but desire cannot be digested. The phallus is a symbol of power, embodied by a number of surrogates: an erect penis, a cigar, a tall building, a tree, a ferocious animal, a person in an authoritative position or any thing or being which encourages/curbs/regulates the desire/enjoyment of the O/other. The O/other might be God, the monarch, the media, the headmistress, the neighbours—any placeholder that regulates our enjoyment that links us to power, embodied in the phallus.
The phallus is the signifier of power while a penis is a signifier for the male gender; the former sometimes encapsulates the latter. The phallus is akin to drive while a penis is akin to desire. When they are brought together, the union is sublime, and what results is absolute but finite power and force. When they are separate, it becomes clear that anyone—women in particular—can have the phallus even though we do not have penises, or that a man can have a penis, but no phallus or power. I repeatedly illustrate the dialectic of drive and desire in the scenarios of my shoots.
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BiographyNora Geist is the youngest child of a British legate who became used to moving house frequently at an early age. She graduated from the H-Farm International school in Treviso, Italy where she defiantly came out as lesbian at the age of 16. She received her first camera as a gift at the age of 17, and she began taking snapshots of friends and family, who sat for creative portraits and tableaux. After earning her first degree in psychology from the University of Paris 8, Nora enrolled in the Associazione Italiana di Psicoanalisi qualify as a psychoanalyst. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in psychoanalysis from the New School for Social Research in New York, where she practiced for ten years.
At university Nora encountered the work of Robert Mapplethorpe and was immediately and simultaneously shocked and captivated by his vision and the daring compositions of his sets. Not long after, she came across the work of Jan Saudek and became inspired to begin expressing her passion for psychoanalyical object relations through erotic art, working in a medium that nourished her.
Erotic photography became a medium where Nora could portray societal views of race, religion, class and sexuality in stark and sometimes satirical shots. In each set, she illustrates the dialectic of force/power and desire/drive working its way through controversial scenes featuring the clash of differences within social constructs.
Since 2007, Nora has focused primarily on architecture and nature to articulate her subject matter of object relations. She tends to follow her intuition as to how a picture of a place or object will turn out: it will be a Space if she gets a sense of welcoming, creativity and change. It will be an Edge if she gets a sense of restriction, resistance or limitation. This is Power vs. Force again, but she asserts that they exist in dialectic and it is possible for there to be flow from one to the other. Nora also holds that it is possible to create a space where none previously existed: a creatio ex nihilo perhaps.
Nora's psychoanalytical career has taken her to work in New York, Edinburgh, London and Dublin. She is married to Alessandra and they have two grown children.
Resume / CV
The Alternative Museum 1999
Exit Art 2001
Seattle Erotic Art Show 2010
Rochester (New York, USA) Erotic Art Festival 2018
Erotic & Bizarre Art Film Festival 2018
Tag! Queer Shorts Festival 2019
The Lift-Off Sessions 2019
Planet 9 Film & Art Festival
Kino London Film Festival 2020
Triple SSS (Sensual, Sexual, Smut Erotic Art Exhibit) 2020
Motion for Pictures 2020
New Dreams International Film Festival 2020
Gorst Underground! 2020
6ix Screams International Film Festival 2020 (Best Experimental)
AltFF Alternative Film Festival 2020
Couch Film Festival 2020
Roxie Roz Burlesque 2021
OGA (S)EXHIBITIONS 2020/2021
New York Nil Gallery 2021
Strandlines LGBTQ+ History Month—
February 2021 (www.strandlines.london )