This exhibition is the first museum survey dedicated to the work of Deana Lawson. For nearly two decades, she has been documenting and challenging the conventional representations of Black life and culture. Referencing a variety of photographic approaches, including the family album, studio portraiture, staged tableaux, documentary pictures, and appropriated images, Lawson’s staged visuals evoke wide concepts about personal and social histories, sexuality, and spiritual beliefs. Lawson’s highly-staged large-format color photographs feature individuals, couples, and families in both domestic and public settings, picturing narratives of family, love, and desire.
This survey exhibition will include a selection of photographs from 2004 to the present and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, featuring the perspectives of a variety of scholars, historians, and writers. Head to ICA Boston’s website for more information.