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8 Photographers That Know Gender And Identity Are A Drag - HE/SHE/THEY on Huffington Post

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Priscilla Frank reviewed the group exhibition HE/SHE/THEY for the Huffington Post, highlighting 8 photographer's work. Here's a selection of the review:

"Drag, in case you didn’t know, is the tradition of dressing up in and often exaggerating qualities of a certain gender for the sake of performance. 

However, as Judith Butler made plain in her 1990 text Gender Trouble, “There is no original or primary gender a drag imitates, but gender is a kind of imitation for which there is no original.” Although drag is often regarded as a form of impersonation, Butler asserts that there is no manifestation of gender that isn’t already constructed, choreographed or performed in some way. What is traditional femininity if not curls and heels and soft gestures? What is masculinity if not imposing posture, stern expressions and a heavy dose of pride?

Long before theories like Butler’s made their way into college curriculums and mainstream culture, they were played out before the camera. The exhibition “He/She/They” at Los Angeles’ ROSEGALLERY explores how photographers have demonstrated the way both gender and identity only exist when performed. The artists on view posit there is no natural way to be a woman or a man, just as there is no natural way to be oneself.

The show features a variety of artists who live and work everywhere from Mexico City to Osaka, Japan, each using the camera to document the always already artificial nature of the self.

Some photographers capture their subjects as strictly masculine or feminine, adhering to the codes that establish them as such. Others operate in the space between, depicting people who are androgynous or genderqueer. And many enjoy playing with conventions, turning them upside down while switching genders or ethnicities as easily as one switches an outfit. 

The following eight photographers are a diverse bunch. Some lay bare the norms and practices we associate with gender, while others work to overturn them. But all, in some way, realize that subjects don’t just perform for the camera, they perform in the self-portraits that constitute their lives. "

Graciela Iturbide,  Magnolia, Juchitan, Oaxaca,  1986

Graciela Iturbide, Magnolia, Juchitan, Oaxaca, 1986

Lise Sarfati,  Malaika, Corner 7th Street and Spring , from the series  On Hollywood , 2010

Lise Sarfati, Malaika, Corner 7th Street and Spring, from the series On Hollywood, 2010

Nikki S. Lee,  The Hip Hop Project (1) , 2001

Nikki S. Lee, The Hip Hop Project (1), 2001

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Dirk Braeckman Solo Exhibition at ROSEGALLERY on Noovo Editions

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"Photography is, for me, an almost obsessive attempt to scan, in my own way, everything around me, everything I meet, driven by the desire to give order to chaos. With or without a camera.” 
-Dirk Braeckman.

ROSEGALLERY is pleased to present Dirk Braeckman’s premiere west coast, solo exhibition, on view from 30 April 2016 through 13 August 2016. The reception for the artist is Saturday, 30 April 2016, from six to eight pm.

First experimenting with photography in the 1980’s, Dirk Braeckman’s work has evolved into a singular form that evokes minds of sensual ambiguity and intimate solitude.  Through the use of black and white, analogue photography and dark lab techniques, the artist develops a relationship between what is photographed and post-production manipulation. This relationship allows for the found, often commonplace subject…a row of curtains, an empty doorway or a woman’s crossed legs…to arrest attention and command a space that is ordinarily unobserved.

Braeckman transforms the darkroom into a field of experimentation, working closely with the materiality of the photograph. This intimate relationship with his photographic materials mirrors the intimate perspective when photographing his subjects. By utilizing tonalities of the gray-scale and focusing on acute details, such as the folds of a fabric or the curvature of the female form, Braeckman asks the viewer to engage with simple subjects that are often lost in shades of gray.

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John Chiara's 'In Camera: American Landscapes' on view at Next Level Gallery in Paris from 7 April through 4 June

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 John Chiara’s unique process of photographing landscapes is now on view at Next Level Gallery in Paris, making this John’s first european exhibition.  John’s giant cameras are self-designed and transported on a trailer, allowing John to simultaneously shoot and perform his darkroom work to create his unique one-of-a-kind prints.  The exhibition will be on view from 7 April through 4 June.

In Camera: American Landscapes will open on Thursday, April 7 at Next Level gallery, 8 rue Charlot 75003 Paris.  

All images © John Chiara

All images © John Chiara

Read the review by Tom Seymour on British Journal of Photography Online.

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