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Deana Lawson

Deana Lawson

An Aperture Monograph

by Arthur JafaDeana Lawson and Zadie Smith
Hardback
Publication Date: 01/12/2018
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One of the most intriguing photographers of her generation, Deana Lawson's subject is black expressive culture and her canvas is the African Diaspora.

Over the last ten years, she has created a striking visual language to describe black identities, through figurative portraiture and social documentary accounts of ceremonies and rituals.

Lawson works with large-format cameras and models she meets in the United States 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. The body-often nude-is central. Throughout her work, Lawson seeks to portray the personal and the powerful in black life.

Deana Lawson : An Aperture Monograph features forty-five beautifully reproduced photographs and an extensive interview with the filmmaker Arthur Jafa.

ISBN:
9781597114226
9781597114226
Category:
Photographs: portraits
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
01-12-2018
Language:
English
Publisher:
Aperture Foundation, Incorporated
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
104
Dimensions (mm):
356x305x18mm
Weight:
1.37kg
"Outside a Deana Lawson portrait you might be working three jobs, just keeping your head above water, struggling. But inside her frame you are beautiful, imperious, unbroken, unfallen." - Zadie Smith
Arthur Jafa

Arthur Jafa is a filmmaker and cinematographer whose work includes Love Is The Message, The Message is Death (2017), Happy Birthday, Marsha!, Sharifa Walks (2015), In the Morning (2014), and Dreams Are Colder Than Death (2014), I Am Ali (2002), Rouch in Reverse (1995), and Daughters of the Dust (1991).

Jafa has exhibited his work at major institutions and galleries, including the Whitney Museum of American Art; Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York; the Serpentine Galleries, London; the Vinyl Factory, London; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia.

Deana Lawson

Deana Lawson (born in Rochester, New York, 1979) (born in Rochester, New York, 1979) received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Her photography has been exhibited widely, including at the Art Institute of Chicago, Brooklyn Museum, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and the 2018 Whitney Biennial.

Lawson is assistant professor in visual arts at Princeton University, and is represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, and Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago. 

Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith is the author of the novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty and NW, as well as The Embassy of Cambodia and a collection of essays, Changing My Mind.

She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has twice been listed as one of Granta's 20 Best Young British Novelists.

She has won the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian First Book Award among many others, and been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.

Zadie Smith lives in London and New York with her husband and two children. Swing Time is her fifth novel.

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