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Watchlist Artist: Deana Lawson

“Yessssss!!!" Queen Mother's wails have always struck a chord in me, it's one of the most primal calls. - An expression to receive, to open oneself up completely.
- From Deana Lawson’s journal entry, June 12, 2011

“To open oneself up completely” captures the attitude of the subjects of Deana Lawson’s photographs in Mother Tongue, her first solo exhibition at Rhona Hoffman Gallery. A dancer poses nude, her body cutting a diagonal through a Jamaican living room (Otisha), a couple embraces on the outskirts of a south Florida jungle (Oath), and a Haitian woman stares squarely forward as blood runs down her face from the severed pig head she holds above her (As Above, So Below). In this new series of images the body channels both personal and social histories; “flesh and blood” form the core narrative of Mother Tongue.

(text source: Rhona Hoffman Gallery)

Deana Lawson, Oath, 2013, Pigment print, 40 x 50 inches, print 41 x 51 inches, framed; Courtesy of the artist and Rhona Hoffman Gallery


More on Deana Lawson (b. 1979, Rochester, New York)

Deana Lawson's work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; MOMA PS1, New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago. Her photographs have been published in The New Yorker and Time Magazine. Recently, Lawson
was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, expanding her locations of work to include Jamaica, Haiti, and West Africa. Deana Lawson is currently a Lecturer in Photography at Princeton University. Lawson received an M.F.A. from RISD in 2004.

(text source: Rhona Hoffman Gallery)

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(Image on top: Deana Lawson, Three Women, 2013, Pigment print , 39.75 x 36.5 inches, print 41 x 37.75 inches, framed; Courtesy of the artist and Rhona Hoffman Gallery)

Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 3/9/14

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