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1. Does "in a relay" here mean "in a way"?

2. The text says "their gazes do not directly address the viewer", but in the photograph (as it is mentioned in the text as well) one of the bald women is directly looking to the viewer. So, what is your impression of "their gazes directed at one another in a relay that does not directly address the viewer"?

3. Does "as she has the phallus" mean "as she has male models who become naked" or "as she has reached patriarchal powers"?

4. What does the pink sentence mean?

Context:

A photograph by Della Grace (now Del LaGrace Volcano), The Three Graces , 1992, shows three women with shaved heads in the poses of Antonio Canova’s neo-classical sculpture The Three Graces, 1814–17. The women stand against a grassy night-lit background, naked except for boots, their gazes directed at one another in a relay that does not directly address the viewer– the one on the right looks at the one on the left, who looks at the one in the centre, who looks out past the viewer off into the far distance. Adams claims that the women’s shaved heads here create a double signification, that they are a dildoic motif that generates both phallic and castrative positionalities. Baldness is often linked with castration, yet these heads are shaved as a sign of phallic power and pride. Apparently Della Grace, who once photographed dildos, says she no longer needs to as ‘she “has the phallus”’. As opposed to Mapplethorpe’s use of fetishes, where the skin is leathered and focused on to produce analogies to the phallus, Grace’s image operates in a horizontal as well as a vertical register whereby the fetishisation of epidermal postures are mobilised to form new positions and potentialities. This mobility of the fetish could be aligned with Bersani’s approach when he says, ‘the effort to re-find an original object would be an attempted return to a disposition in which no object would be privileged, in which sexuality can arise from any source... (Art and Psychoanalysis by Maria Walsh).

Comments  
catttt 1. Does "in a relay" here mean "in a way"?

No. A relay race is one in which one runner passes a baton to the next runner. They pass their gazes to one another and then out past the viewer. But see below.

catttt2. The text says "their gazes do not directly address the viewer", but in the photograph (as it is mentioned in the text as well) one of the bald women is directly looking to the viewer. So, what is your impression of "their gazes directed at one another in a relay that does not directly address the viewer"?

I see what you mean, and I agree that the center one is staring right at us. I can't imagine what the writer means.

catttt3. Does "as she has the phallus" mean "as she has male models who become naked" or "as she has reached patriarchal powers"?

Something like patriarchal power, not the other thing, I guess.

catttt4. What does the pink sentence mean?

The vertical is phallic. The artist's use of the horizontal, particularly as it applies to skin texture, creates new opportunities for interpretations that are not phallic. I guess.