Anne Collier - Women CryingHassla
"New York- based artist Anne Collier’s work explores the complexities of representation and perception by questioning the primal relationship between photographic objects and images, taking into focus the nature of photography itself. Her artistic practice involves gathering and investigating objects that are dominated by a certain highly emotive imagery: eyes, clouds, waves, images of blunt and romanticized sexism. Often sourcing her visual vocabulary from 1970s and 80s media, such as vintage magazines, advertising, and LP album covers, the artist recontextualizes and thus reformulates the original context in order to create unique aesthetics and narratives of her own.
In her Women Crying series (2016), for example, Anne Collier crops and enlarges pictures of crying women on LP album covers from the 1950s to the 1980s. While the original imagery shows a feeble and romanticised staging of feminity – coherent with most of the titles of the albums like „You make little girls cry“ (Daniele Alexander, 1980), „To See My Angel Cry / That’s When She Started to Stop Loving You“ (Conway Twitty, 1970) or „15 Tear Jerkers“ (Various artists, 1978), the cutouts encourage one to reflect this very staging. Through an act of appropriation, Anne creates a female reciprocal gaze on the subjectification of women and womanhood in the medium of photography." (text via Galerie Neu, Berlin)
Anne Collier - Women Crying
Hassla, New York, 2016
Softcover, 173 x 254 mm
24 pages, Edition of 500