Riaz as Defiant

I am fascinated by the human body, the person within and the skin which mediates between us. Having worked with Riaz on a number of occasions I have watched as the Ankylosing Spondylitis has progressed. Although it is a systematic rheumatic disease, it mostly manifests itself by the vertebrae starting to fuse together.

Riaz AS Defiant

Riaz as Defiant. Oil on linen, 75cm x 110cm.

Despite periods of pain, accompanied by weight loss and fatigue, Riaz forces his body through extremes of flexibility. Here he is adopting a position which might initially be interpreted as submissive, but is actually the opposite. He is forcing the extension of the spine and protrusion of the lower vertebrae.

 

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