Dru Donovan
American, born 1981

Dru Donovan uses the human body as a vehicle for portraying emotional desires. Her photographs investigate human experiences, both in real-time and reinvented through actors and props, where the body is the main source of narrative weight. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Donovan received her MFA at Yale in 2009, and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, where she takes black-and-white photographs that focus on the physical presence of the body. In past work, Donovan captured bodybuilders, dancers, and twin sisters taking care of themselves through daily rituals. In her recent book, Lifting Water, Donovan recreated the experience of caring for a friend as they died of cancer, ultimately in order to facilitate her own mourning and to understand the weight of her physical proximity to a passing life.

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