Special event

Unbound: Deana Lawson

October 23, 2018


Alternate Title In conversation with Torkwase Dyson Launch of Deana Lawson: An Aperture Monograph
Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description

Photographer Deana Lawson comes to BAM to celebrate the launch of her first book. Lawson is joined by artist Torkwase Dyson to discuss Deana Lawson: An Aperture Monograph (published by Aperture), which features 40 beautifully reproduced photographs, an essay by the novelist Zadie Smith, and an expansive conversation with the artist and filmmaker Arthur Jafa.

Lawson is one of the most compelling photographers of her generation. Over the last 10 years, she has created a visionary language to describe identities through intimate portraiture and striking accounts of ceremonies and rituals. Using medium- and large-format cameras, Lawson works with models she meets in the US and on travels in the Caribbean and Africa to construct arresting, highly structured, and deliberately theatrical scenes animated by an exquisite range of color and attention to surprising details: bedding and furniture in domestic interiors or lush plants in Edenic gardens. Throughout her work, which invites comparison to the photography of Diane Arbus, Jeff Wall, and Carrie Mae Weems, Lawson seeks to portray the personal and the powerful.

Identifier 2018f.SE.01023
VenueCarey Playhouse (Music Hall, BAM Rose Cinema)
top billingDeana Lawson

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