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The Knees II, from the series "About Her"

A work made of gelatin silver print, unique print.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print, unique print.




Teresa Gierzyńska
Polish, born 1947

About this artwork

Teresa Gierzyńska’s series, About Her, consists of photographs made over the course of decades. Its title refers both to the artist—whose body we see—and to a set of propositions “about” her—potentials, possibilities, and judgments that align only imperfectly with her person. While some of Gierzyńska’s photographs are patently theatrical, others, like this foreshortened image of her own knees, tend instead toward a quiet abstraction. The camera angle is at once intimate and distancing: we sense the camera’s close contact with the artist’s body, yet this body remains difficult to decipher, appearing above all as a pattern of textured waves.


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Teresa Gierzyńska


The Knees II, from the series "About Her"

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Made 1983


Gelatin silver print, unique print


Image/paper: 39.3 × 46.4 cm (15 1/2 × 18 5/16 in.)

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Through prior gift of the Special Photography Acquisition Fund

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