Pinar Yolaçan is about to make a splash in the art world. The Turkish photographer’s work presents women who, at first glance, look as though they’re decked out in elaborate clothing. Upon closer inspection, it’s clear that parts of these garments are made out of raw meat, placentas, snakes, rooster heads, and other gruesome embellishments. The photographs are taken in the style of nineteenth-century anthropological portraits, which Yolaçan cites as a source of inspiration.
Based in Brooklyn and Istanbul, Yolaçan travels around the world to create her photographs. She’s best-known for her series Maria, which features Afro-Brazillian women outfitted in fancy fabrics and cow placenta. In Perishables, she snapped shots of WASPs she recruited (primarily through Craigslist) from New York and London, while her seven-piece Mother Goddess series captures women covered in custom-fitted catsuits.