Deana Lawson

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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
Oath, 2013 Pigment Print 40 X 50 Inches, Print 41 X 51 Inches, Framed © Courtesy of the artist & Rhona Hoffman Gallery
Funeral Wallpaper, Kingston, Jamaica , 2013 Pigment Print 40 X 50 Inches © Courtesy of the artist and Rhona Hoffman Gallery
© Courtesy of the artist & Rhona Hoffman Gallery
© Courtesy of the artist and Rhona Hoffman Gallery
Mickey & Friends <3 , 2013 Pigment Print 40 X 56 Inches © Courtesy of the artist and Rhona Hoffman Gallery
Jouvert, 2013 Pigment Print 40 X 49.75 Inches, Print 40.75 X 50.75 Inches, Framed © Courtesy of the artist and Rhona Hoffman Gallery
© Courtesy of the artist and Rhona Hoffman Gallery
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Roxie and Raquel, 2010 C Print S Ize Variable. Edition: 6 © Courtesy of the Artist and Baer Ridgway Exhibitions
The Garden, Gemena, DR Congo, 2014 © Deana Lawson. Courtesy of Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago
Quick Facts
Rochester, New York
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New York
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Deana Lawson’s photographs are inspired by the materiality and expression of black culture(s) globally. Her work negotiates a knowledge of selfhood through a profoundly corporeal dimension. Lawson’s pictures speak to the ways that sexuality, violence, family, and social status may be written, sometimes literally, upon the body. Lawson utilizes a wide range of photographic languages, including staged imagery, appropriated pictures given to her by subjects, and images she discovers in public media.

“ What you see in her work is photographer as cultural anthropologist but also as cultural vivisectionist and forensic curator. Her practice subtly contests the suppression of Black visual epistemologies--as much through absence as presence, withheld information as much as cultural saturation bombing. Drawing the spectators eye to how people command space within the frame, how they proclaim ownership of selfhood before the camera is a recurring motif. Her work seems always about the desire to represent social intimacies that defy stereotype and pathology while subtly acknowledging the vitality of lives abandoned by the dominant social order. ” Greg Tate, Writer & Musician 2011

Deana Lawson's work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, PS1, and Studio Museum in Harlem. Her photographs have been published in The New Yorker and Time Magazine, and Lawson was a feature
presenter for the 2013 National Geographic Magazine’s Photography Seminar in Washington, D.C. 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.

Exhibitions include:

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY
Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
Studio Museum in Harlem
Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY
Helene Bailly Gallery, Paris
KIT Museum, Dusseldorf
Light Work Gallery, Syracuse, NY
Cohan & Leslie Gallery, New York, NY
Collette Blanchard Gallery, New York, NY
Artists Space, New York, NY
Print Center, Philadelphia, PA
Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
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