Several years ago, photographer Lauren Greenfield brought a portion of her “Girl Culture” exhibit to the now-defunct Minneapolis Center for Photography. As you know, I am married to a photographer and I am deeply invested in matters of girl culture … so we went.
I will admit to being the kind of exhibit-viewer who typically examines, evaluates, and moves on. Unless I am curious about a specific aspect of a piece, I seldom read placards and artist statements, preferring to just absorb the visuals. But at this exhibit, I read EVERY WORD. The images were incredibly compelling, but the stories behind them made them all the more moving. Body image, sexuality, identity, strength, fear, sisterhood, betrayal … it was all there, people. All documented, illustrated, and presented with an amazing combination of detachment and tenderness.
Greenfield has since launched another project/book titled “Thin,” which I obviously need to explore. Has anyone else had exposure to her work – writings or photographs?
Here’s more information about Lauren’s current exhibit at Smith College Museum of Art.