Sugar, You ain't so sweet
From the 17th century onward, Antwerp was the centre of the European sugar trade. Sugar symbolized spiritual sweetness, God’s abundance and eternal life. In paintings this religious aspect was often linked to female beauty. In ‘Sugar, you ain’t so sweet’ the photographers play with the contradiction between religion and sexuality. Modern-day Mary’s white innocence contrast with the sweet temptations, lurking behind the corner.
In collaboration with Juriaan Putzeys.