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Nikki S. Lee has placed herself in the shoes of many in an effort to question the notion of static identity. In her Project series (1997-2001), she explores various american sub-cultures by posing herself within them, whether she’s an exotic dancer, a swinger, or a bride. Each role she inhabits reveals the different ways women exist in various american subcultures; meanwhile, she reveals the fluidity of individual identity. By showing the possibility for one body to cross into various identities merely through appearance, Lee exhibits the importance of aesthetics to identity.

 
Manuel Álvarez Bravo

Manuel Álvarez Bravo

Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus

Nancy Burson

Nancy Burson

Andrew Bush

Andrew Bush

Antonio Caballero

Antonio Caballero

Jo Ann Callis

Jo Ann Callis

Graciela Iturbide

Graciela Iturbide

Wayne Lawrence

Wayne Lawrence

Jocelyn Lee

Jocelyn Lee

Susan Meiselas

Susan Meiselas

Yasumasa Morimura

Yasumasa Morimura

Lise Sarfati

Lise Sarfati

 
Tomoko Sawada

Tomoko Sawada

Katsumi Watanabe

Katsumi Watanabe

 

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