The Haggerty Museum of Art - recent aquisition - Jason Florio’s Makasutu B&W portraits, The Gambia, West Africa
Image © Jason Florio: ‘Ensa (Gambian guide), holding freshly slaughtered cow head, for male ‘coming of age’ ceremony, Myork village, The Gambia, West Africa
From the exhibition: ‘The Truth is Not in the Mirror - Photography and a Constructed Identity’ January 19th-May 22nd 2011
Photography as a medium has always been actively concerned with describing identity. While a portrait is typically an artistic representation of a person where verisimilitude is the goal, here the inquiry is questioned and expanded. Rather than employing a camera to create an objective document, the artists in this exhibition are often involved in constructing narrative sequences that pose questions with open-ended outcomes. As the title, The Truth is Not in the Mirror... suggests, photography has the power to imply, construct, and/or deny a narrative. Many of the photographers are contemporary story tellers and, in this sense, their work reflects facets of our ever-changing precepts about family, identity, truth and fiction.
The artists in the exhibition: Tina Barney, Claire Beckett, Valerie Belin, Dawoud Bey, Jesse Burke, Kelli Connell, Michael Corridore, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Rineke Dijkstra, Jason Florio, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Andy Freeberg, Lee Friedlander, David Hockney, Nikki S. Lee, Graham Miller, Martin Parr, Thomas Ruff, The Sartorialist, Alec Soth, Will Steacy, Larry Sultan, and Mickalene Thomas.
For the Makasutu portraits, please visit Jason Florio’s website http://www.floriophoto.com/#/projects/makasutu/1