Surrogate. A love Ideal

Fondazione Prada presents a photography exhibition that explores the emotional bond between a human and a synthetic surrogate.


Elena Dorfman, “Still Lovers”, 2002
From February 21, 2019 until July 22, 2019
Through a selection of 42 works by Jamie Diamond (Brooklyn, USA, 1983) and Elena Dorfman (Boston, USA, 1965), the project explores the concepts of family, romantic and erotic love. Both artists choose a specific and unusual aspect of this universal theme: the emotional bond between a man or a woman and an artificial representation of the human being. As the curator Melissa Harris explains, "the works of Diamond and Dorfman document vividly and without prejudice the interactions between men and their inanimate but realistic companions".
In the series "Forever Mothers" (2012-2018) and "Nine Months of Reborning" (2014), Jamie Diamond documents the life of an outsider community of self-taught artists called Reborners, who create and collect hyperrealistic dolls with which they interact to satisfy their own desire for motherhood. In another project presented in the exhibition entitled "I promise to be a good mother" (2007-2012), Diamond embodies the perfect mother interacting with Annabelle, a reborn doll. Inspired by a diary that the artist held as a child, the project then evoked a complex exploration of social stereotypes and cultural conventions that surround the relationship between mother and child.
"Still Lovers" (2001-04), the series of photographs that gave international recognition to Elena Dorfman, focuses on people who share their daily life with realistic full-size erotic dolls. His photographs penetrate the bonds that are established with perfectly reproduced synthetic humans and force the observer to reconsider his vision of love and reflect on the value of an object capable of replacing a human being. The intent of the artist is not to emphasize the deviance represented by these sexual substitutes, but to unveil the hidden side by portraying the intimacy between the human flesh and silicone.
21 Feb - 22 Jul 2019
Fondazione Prada
Milan Osservatorio
Jamie Diamond , “I promise to be a good mother”, 2012
Jamie Diamond , “I promise to be a good mother”, 2012
Elena Dorfman, “Still Lovers”, 2002
Elena Dorfman, “Still Lovers”, 2002