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Salisbury

Marla Sweeney takes us to the beach near the American coast city of Salisbury north of Boston, Massachusetts. Here, we meet an unpolished portrait of American everyday life, where people have put on their bathing clothes, relaxing.
Udstillingsperiode:
13-04-2007 - 20-05-2007
Medie:
Photography
Titel:
Salisbury
Kunstner:
Marla Sweeney
Marla Sweeney takes us to the beach near the American coast city of Salisbury north of Boston, Massachusetts. Here, we meet an unpolished portrait of American everyday life, where people have put on their bathing clothes, relaxing.
The exhibition SALISBURY portrays children and adults, who without dissimulation are being observed through a camera. We are allowed to look at the people, even though their bodies are ageing, fat or pale. That these persons lack outward glamour in order to live up to today’s beauty ideals does not weaken their aura of dignity and inner calm.
Marla Sweeney’s portraits disclose a deeper beauty in the persons, whom she photographs. Getting under the viewer’s skin, the portraits are psychologically descriptive, conveying a rich gamut of emotions and moods, covering the humorous as well as the religious or the deep. The series’ documentary stamp opens up a critical look at modern society. In a way, the pictures can be perceived as both depressing and repulsive because they bring us face to face with the exposure of bodies, which do not live up to today’s beauty ideals. The pictures may provoke the viewer because they expose what is low social status, and they can give rise to concern about cultural decadence. However, the photographs can also be a relieving experience because they show us the world as we basically know it looks like in actual fact.

Marla Sweeney (born 1968) lives and works in New England. She is educated from State University of New York (MFA in Photography), Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson (Master Class in Photography) and University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Bachelor in Film and Cultural Studies). Marla Sweeney has exhibited in USA and Europe the last 10 years. The pictures from SALISBURY were taken during the period 2003 – 2006.
With the exhibition in Galleri Image, Marla Sweeney’s works are being presented for the first time in Denmark.

Opening: Friday 13th of April at 4 - 6 pm.
The artist will be present.