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Eleven Yearsby Jen Davis
Synopses & Reviews
Previously published online and receiving viral exposure, this series of photographs examines how society uses gaze to project emotion and how we interpret the looks of others. The project began after the photographer noticed the facial expressions of a man standing behind her in the self-portrait she had set up in the middle of Times Square. Intrigued by the man and a similar photo that followed on the roll of film the photographer decided to set up her camera for the purpose of capturing the expressions of passersby. Each frame is chosen based on the strangers in the background, if they have a critical or questioning look, or if there is a gesture in their body language. By reversing the gaze back on the strangers, the collection begins a conversation about nonverbal interaction and the view society has on body image.
A sophisticated body of work dealing with the emotional and physical impact of weight
In this body of work, I deal with my insecurities about my body image and the direct correlation between self-perception and the way one is perceived by others. Photography is the medium that I use to tell my story through life, an outlet for revealing my thoughts and opinions about the society in which we live.
For eleven years Brooklyn-based photographer Jen Davis has been working on this series of self-portraits dealing with issues regarding beauty, desire, body image, and identity.
This photo series has been widely exhibited and has triggered discussions in national and international media.
About the Author
Jen Davis (b. 1978 in Akron, Ohio) is a New York-based photographer. For ten years she has been working on series of self-portraits dealing with issues regarding beauty, identity, and body image. She is interested in investigating the idea of relationships—both physical and psychological—with her camera. She received an MFA from Yale University in 2008, and a BA from Columbia College Chicago in 2002.
Davis work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. She has exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA; Catherine Edelman Gallery, Stephen Daiter Contemporary, and Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, IL; Milwaukee Art Museum in Milwaukee, WI; and the Galerie Priska Pasquer in Cologne, Germany. Davis is represented by Lee Marks Fine Art in Shelbyville, IN.
Anne Wilkes Tucker received undergraduate degrees from Randolph Macon Woman's College and Rochester Institute of Technology and a graduate degree from the Visual Studies Workshop, a division of the State University of New York. After working in various museums and universities, she founded the photography department at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 1976 and is currently the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator. Ms. Tucker has curated over forty exhibitions, most of which were accompanied by a publication, and has contributed essays to many additional monographs and catalogues and published many articles. She has also lectured throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America and been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Brown Foundation Dora Maar Fellowship, the Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas, and The Getty Center. In 2001, in an issue devoted to "America's Best", TIME magazine honored her as "America's Best Curator". She was the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Focus Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography in 2006 and received an Alumnae Achievement Award from Randolph Macon Woman's College. In 2011 she received an honorary doctorate from the College at Brockport State University of New York.
John Pilson is a photographer, video artist and teacher at Yale University School of Art and Bard College.
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