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The Vibrating Slab

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Since the early 1990s, Berlin-based artist Josephine Pryde has produced enigmatic yet provocative photographs and sculptures that critically address and interrogate subjects such as motherhood, beauty, consumer culture, tourism, and medical science.

While her images—produced in series—appear informal, they are decisively staged. Often they connect to conventions of established photography styles—both incorporating and eluding genres such as advertising and fashion photography as well as documentary, snapshot, and experimental photography. 

Developed in close collaboration with the artist, The Vibrating Slab juxtaposes works from Pryde’s new and recent series, from the ongoing Hands, begun in 2016, to recent images of prehistoric rock carvings and some small-scale sculptures. Also included is a brand-new photography series that stems from an inquiry into the ways smartphones inhabit our lives. Together these works ask us to consider the intersections as well as divergences, over time, in sensory experience and how language scripts our sensory perceptions.

Josephine Pryde: The Vibrating Slab is organized by Ann Goldstein, deputy director and chair and Dittmer Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, with Makayla May, curatorial assistant, Modern and Contemporary Art.

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