naked touch is Gavin Evans’ newest work in which he explores the cultural and psychological limits of connectedness, the relationship between the self and the corporeal, and contemporary attitudes to nakedness.
For more than 5 years he has asked anyone he has encountered to put his hand in the frame - what they do with it illustrates their personal space and a whole lot more. In July Evans invited the inhabitants of Edinburgh to participate in naked touch, 60 turned up to bare all in a project that would reveal more than just skin. Would removal of clothing, the last vestige of protection of personal space, alter the results?
‘naked touch encourages us to reflect on the nature of voyeurism. It re-presents the naked body in juxtaposition with the photographer and the viewer, inviting us to reflect on the limits of physical contact between strangers and to explore our own threshold of acceptable touch and nakedness.’ - Peter E.Ross
‘Gavin Evans creates images that challenge, question and provoke. Like his work Gavin is passionate, unequivocal and forceful…’ - Hungry Eye Magazine