Silk Pull 1, 2019 Archival pigment print 69,5 x 48,5 cm Edition of 3 + 2 AP
Jenna Westra's photographs oscillate between careful construction and results of chance. She invites – mostly female – models to perform within the setting of a photograph. This performative aspect of her images creates a lightness, as the photographs don't impose themselves as definitive, but as negotiable views of a certain moment. This notion is reinforced when Westra presents her work in series, with images that are versions of a motif, differently cropped or chronologically arranged. The gaze transitions back and forth between what we know is front, back, or a specific part of the body, trying to define what belongs where. We know it is a human body part we are looking at. It might even be a female nude but with these works our attention might be shifted toward the composition and the mood of the image more than the nudity itself.
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