So Awkward!

Karen Kedmey
Oct 8, 2012 9:06PM

Much has been written about Rineke Dijkstra, admired for her sensitivity to the inherent vulnerability of her subjects and her ability to coax her camera into capturing it. Seeing her mid-career retrospective at the Guggenheim only increased my already ardent fascination with her series of portraits of swimsuit-clad adolescents at the beach. Being enclosed in the Guggenheim's gallery space, surrounded by the monumental awkwardness of this tender time of life, was almost too much to bear. Dijkstra's adept and deliberate framing certainly highlights the poignancy of the body in transition from youth to adulthood. But the bodies of these young teens are deeply expressive in and of themselves. They were ours once--lopsided, disproportionate, and stunningly, achingly awkward.

Karen Kedmey
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