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From catwalk shows to infinite social scrolls, the movement to reveal slithers of flesh – both expected and unexpected – has gained momentum thanks to a heady combination of noughties nostalgia and the current longing to go ‘out out’. As we’ve moved out of lockdown, cut-outs have offered both a sartorial gateway into better times and a sense of normality. From GMBH’s dancefloor-ready clavicle-reveal to Isa Boulder’s playful shoulder-to-anklep eek-a-boo, Ester Manas’ one-size-fits-all ruffled drama to Courreges’ ab-show knits, where do you fall in the dare-to-bare spectrum? Otherworldly or familiar, taboo or permitted, it’s time to go ‘out out’.
To better document the cut-out movement, LN-CC turned to Istanbul-born, London-based photographer Begum Yetis. From the moment we saw her powerfully intimate debut exhibition, Bare With Me, which she worked on in collaboration with LN-CC collaborator Matt King, we were drawn to her lens. Drawing inspiration from everything from 1970s bodybuilding magazines to punk and sex posters, Bare With Me confidently straddled the line between vintage erotica and contemporary culture. “This was a project where I truly felt a sense of belonging,” she remembers over email. The theme of identity is core to her practice and she approaches it in a way that challenges social norms and reflects the zeitgeist. “I’m interested in how we represent our identities, exploring the constant change and chase of what is ‘now’,” she adds. As cut-outs encapsulate all of this and more, who better to shift our gaze? Trypophobia sufferers, look away because there are holes aplenty below…