Deana Lawson

American, b. 1979

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Deana Lawson

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American, b. 1979

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1.8k
Biography

Deana Lawson is a contemporary American photographer, whose style blends controlled composition and disarming familiarity to explore representations of blackness and collective memory. Working within an imagined space between reality and photographic remains, Lawson captures her subjects in acutely localized situations, with an empathetic eye and keen anthropological interest in black individuals in their social and physical environments. The confrontational intimacy of Lawson’s portraiture is checked by the careful arrangement of bodies and objects within the photographed space. For Lawson, the artist’s perspective and posture toward subjects are critical to shifting the tone of representation: “It’s about setting a different standard of values and saying that everyday black lives, everyday experiences, are beautiful, and powerful, and intelligent.”

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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 7 more
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Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
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Whitney Biennial, and 1 more
Biography

Deana Lawson is a contemporary American photographer, whose style blends controlled composition and disarming familiarity to explore representations of blackness and collective memory. Working within an imagined space between reality and photographic remains, Lawson captures her subjects in acutely localized situations, with an empathetic eye and keen anthropological interest in black individuals in their social and physical environments. The confrontational intimacy of Lawson’s portraiture is checked by the careful arrangement of bodies and objects within the photographed space. For Lawson, the artist’s perspective and posture toward subjects are critical to shifting the tone of representation: “It’s about setting a different standard of values and saying that everyday black lives, everyday experiences, are beautiful, and powerful, and intelligent.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 7 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial, and 1 more
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