Tamar Shalit-Avni

This series was inspired by the work of Francisco Zurbarán and his provoking paintings of holy women. On the one hand, the women in his paintings become expressions of light and color, as if they were the materials for his work. On the other, their images seem to overtake their creator, the force of their personalities bursting powerfully out of the picture.

The dialogue I imagined in Zurbarán's work between his corporeal dominance over the women's images and their independent presence was the driving force of Hand-Held Fan. In this series of photographs, the women surrender to the media and the artist while at the same time dominating them. This series refers to the issue of the gaze raised by Lacan, who is looking at whom and what the mutual gazing creates. This was a mystery to me as I placed myself on both sides of the camera.

The series was exhibited at The Museum of Israeli Art in Ramat-Gan, May 2012.

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