This new work by Jennifer Greenburg is fresh off the presses, and sure to be a favorite. It belongs to an ongoing series, Revising History. While the artist continues to work in the same manner as she has since the series began in 2010, the images are decidedly darker, more overt, and distinctly challenging to enduring issues faced by women in contemporary culture- sexualization, objectification, inequity, and conformity. Her images use the aesthetics of Mid-Century/Post-War America against themselves. With today’s lens and the push of Greenburg’s biting titles, we re-assess how yesterday’s images operate in society today, and how our own snapshots may be unknowingly reinforcing archaic ideals not just visually but culturally.
Using an elaborate, multi-disciplinary and performative process, I transform into the subject of a found vernacular photograph. By presenting images transformed from their original intention, I foster a conversation about how historical depictions of women reinforce cultural tropes.
I intend the series to engage the audience in a conversation about the way we interpret photographs, record personal memories, and establish a collective understanding of history. Captivating aesthetics present in post-war America are visual seductuions, acting as a mask to cover up and gloss over a past rife with discrimination and gender inequity. - Jennifer Greenburg
Jennifer Greenburg, Every photographer provided an opportunity. 2018
Archival print | Edition of 3
30 x 24 in. print on 34 x 28 in. paper |$3,500 print
36 x 30 mounted & framed behind UV Plexi | $4,000 ready to hang