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Lydia Panas: Sleeping Beauty
Portraits of women and girls intertwined with the photographer’s gaze, in a rare subversion of photography’s power relations
Clth, 10 x 12 in. / 112 pgs / 65 color. | 12/7/2021 | In stock
Published by MW Editions.
Text by Marina Chao, Maggie Jones, Monae Mallory.
This volume presents award-winning Pennsylvania-based photographer Lydia Panas’ (born 1958) much-praised series of mesmerizing color portraits of reclining women and girls. In an interesting reversal of roles, the artist's and models' gazes are intertwined, incorporating the viewer as participant in an often uncomfortable connection. Critics and curators have praised the work for Panas’ artistic and technical mastery, and all have noted and examined the powerfully affecting gaze of her subjects. Panas notes: “While my subjects do in actuality turn their gaze towards me, it’s as if at times I turn the camera onto myself, both in the present and back in time.” In Sleeping Beauty, her subjects lie down, a metaphor for the position girls and women have been placed in historically. But they look out with self-awareness, in a way that implies a lack of complicity.
Clth, 10 x 12 in. / 112 pgs / 65 color.
Pub Date 12/7/2021
Catalog: FALL 2021 p. 100
ISBN 9781735762920 TRADE
List Price: $50.00 CDN $68.00 GBP £39.99
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