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Genevieve Gaignard

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Compton Contrapposto, 2016 Chromogenic Print 32 X 48 Inches © Courtesy the artist and Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles
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Selfie, 2016 Digital C Print 20 X 30 Inches © Courtesy the artist and Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles
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In the Red, 2016 Digital C Print 20 X 30 Inches © Courtesy the artist and Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles
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Drive-by, Side-eye, 2016 Chromogenic Print 28 X 42 Inches © Courtesy the artist and Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles
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Grace, 2015 Chromogenic Print © Courtesy the artist and Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles
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Basic Cable & Chill, 2016 Chromogenic Print 30 X 20 Inches © Courtesy the artist and Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles
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Supreme, 2015 Digital C Print 29 X 23 Inches © Courtesy the artist and Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles
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The 99cent Store, 2015 Digital C Print 36 X 24 Inches © Courtesy the artist and Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles
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Apt. #3104, March 1–7, 2016 Installation View At Spring/Break Art Show, New York © Courtesy the artist and Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles
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Us Only, November 12, 2015–January 7, 2016 Installation View At Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, Ca © Courtesy the artist and Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles
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Lisa , 2013
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The Fountain, 2015 Photograph
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Orange, Massachusetts
Birth year
1981
Lives in
Los Angeles
Schools
Yale University, MFA
Massachusetts College of Art and Design, BA
Representing galleries
Tags
installation, photography
Current Exhibitions and Events
Jun, 2018
Counterfeit Currency
FLAG Art Foundation
Statement

Genevieve Gaignard’s work exists in a space of in-between. Gaignard, who is mixed-race, uses a range of character performance, self-portraiture and sculpture to explore blackness, whiteness, femininity, class and intersections therein. The daughter of a black father and white mother in a Massachusetts mill town, Gaignard’s youth was marked by a strong sense of invisibility. Was her family white enough to be white? Black enough to be black? Gaignard interrogates notions of “passing” in an effort to address these questions. She positions her own female body as the chief site of exploration—challenging viewers to navigate the powers and anxieties of intersectional identity.

Influenced by the soulful sounds of Billy Stewart, the kitschy aesthetic of John Waters and the provocative artifice of drag culture, Gaignard uses low-brow pop sensibilities to craft dynamic visual narratives. From the identity performance ritualized in ‘‘selfie” culture to the gender performance of hyper-femme footwear, Gaignard blends humor, persona and popular culture to reveal the ways in which the meeting and mixing of contrasting realities can feel much like displacement.

Gaignard received her BA in Photography at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and her MFA in Photography at Yale University. She has exhibited throughout the United States, including shows at The Cabin LA in Los Angeles and the FLAG Art Foundation in New York.