Meat couture art by Pinar Yolacan

Turkish-born artist Pinar Yolacan, who is based in Brooklyn, is best known for her portraits of ladies wearing clothes fashioned from meat parts (tripe, guts, assorted offal). She has a new show opening today at New York's Rivington Arms gallery. Snip from a feature:

This time around, the women are Afro-Brazilian, dressed in the style of the Portuguese colonizers, and the organ in question is the placenta of cows. That sounds repulsive, but like Yolacan's earlier photographs, these have a strange and haunting beauty.
She explains why meat is her medium in the interview...
How, exactly, do you make clothes from meat?

I make the clothes the morning of the shoot, so the meat doesn't rot. In Bahia, I froze it beforehand, so it wouldn't get smelly, because it's really hot. It's quite domestic, really–I have to buy meat, clean up, sew. For this series, I got the fabrics in local markets, and the meat, too. I try to accentuate each woman's skin tone and expression with the clothes; I take Polaroids of them when I first meet them, then I work from those.

Link. (thanks, Susannah Breslin)


  1. Pictures of women wearing meat? Meh.

    Some video of the artist talking these women into being photographed wearing meat? Now that I would pay to see.

  2. Jana Sterbak, a Montreal artist, did something not dissimilar in 1991 with “Vanitas: Flesh Dress for an Albino Anorectic”, essentially a couture dress made of flank steak. It was shown at the National Gallery in Ottawa, there is a “performance video”, and there was even a juicy scandal.

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