Jeanne Dunning
American, born 1960
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Internationally recognized for her provocative photographs and videos, through which she unflinchingly explores our relationship with our own and others’ bodies, Jeanne Dunning challenges perception and assumptions. She is interested in the divide between seeing and perceiving, as she explains: “When people see [my images], at first they may not be quite sure what they’re looking at […] One of my interests has been in provoking these misrecognitions, unbidden associations, and uncontrolled interpretations that can show us thoughts and interests we didn’t know we had.” Though her work is associated with feminism, it is also critically responsive to art history, specifically the genres of still life, portraiture, and landscape. By carefully framing her subjects, she often makes things appear to be other than what they are: fruit becomes genitalia; flesh becomes landscape; smashed tomatoes …

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