Artist: Natalie Krick

Natalie Krick is the winner this year’s Aperture Portrait Prize and is effectively exploring quite similar themes to the ones I think about, although she is focused on women, and although I began with women in the Girlhood project, I think my own concerns have become more encompassing.  Certainly the issues I’m considering at the moment are linked to the way we understand the world around us no matter who we might be. Nevertheless, I am very taken by the way Krick has disrupted our expectations in the images in this article.

She is quoted on the link saying, ““My mother, my sister, and I perform for each other, for the camera, and ultimately for you,” and “We impersonate each other and ourselves, emulating imagery that taught us to be beautiful.” Each photograph becomes a puzzle, an optical illusion that plays with the nature of photography as it relates to aging, the hypersexualizing of women in popular culture, and perceptions of identity.” (2017)

Her use of the word natural in the title alongside deception is a great way of asking us to consider how we relate to norms.

https://aperture.org/exhibition/natalie-krick-2017-portfolio-prize-winner

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