Kelli Connellâs first solo show in New York opens tonight at Yossi Milo Gallery. The show, called "Double Life," appears to document an evolving relationship between two women. However, the photographs are actually completely staged and constructed. While digitally creating the photographs, Connell used the same model to portray both women and then composited multiple negatives into one picture.
The result is a series of intimate scenes from relationships that Connell either experienced or witnessed. Because one woman enacts multiple roles within the same relationship, Connellâs photographs hope to make the viewer question sexuality and gender, and also try to reveal something about our personal notions of identity and social constructs. Double Life is about the duality of selfâthe interior and exterior, the masculine and feminine, the rational and irrational.
Her work was recently published by Aperture in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Photography as part of a beautiful three-volume set (previously featured on Cool Hunting) called MP3: Midwest Photographers Publication Project.
Kelli Connell: Double Life
Opening Reception: 19 April 2007, 6-8pm
19 April-2 June 2007
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