ESSAY: A glamorous and performative bondage flourishes on instagram: @damottafabio photography

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Nowadays, @damottafabio (as the Brazilian photographer Fabio da Motta is more known), is a celebrated trademark on Instagram with hundreds of thousands of followers (mostly gay) and his images have the Japanese art of bondage as a starting point but he also plays with performative action, body sculpture and drawing lines with colourful ropes. In addition, his almost pornographic pictures and the experiences he lives (or might live) with his models are acclaimed by his audience. In this way, by forging this insinuating BDSM (Bondage, Discipline, Sadism, Masochism) atmosphere in his profile, he also exhibits a rebel and flourish visibility of gay men within the society.

Fabio da Motta’s photography appears when BDSM leaves the underworld and starts to fascinate the public that could even enjoy their popcorn while watching Fifty Shades of Grey(2015), directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson. At the same time, Camile Paglia in her relatively recent article Scholars in Bondage acknowledge that even “Harvard University granted official campus status to an undergraduate bondage and domination club”.

This article focus in da Motta’s performative/theatrical bondage visual production and on how his public and models react to the playful erotic game he develops on Instagram.

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