Tarrah Krajnak — RePose


fw-books, 2023
Softcover, 24 x 28 cm
48 pages, b/w photographs
English text

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RePose is a collection of almost 60 self-portraits made by artist Tarrah Krajnak during long live studio performances incorporating an on-site darkroom, lighting studio and an installation of photocopied images of hundreds of examples of ‘women’s poses’. Krajnak derives these ‘poses of women’ from his personal collection and site-specific archive research: they come from fashion magazines, vintage pornographic magazines, artists’ monographs, art history books, museum catalogues and anthropological studies spanning centuries and continents. During these live performances, Krajnak chooses poses from these images to ‘re-pose’ using her own indigenous body, slowly producing a series of new self-portraits in real time. At the end of each day, she develops and prints the exposed film in the on-site darkroom, then hangs the resulting silver gelatin prints next to the original image. For the first time, these self-portraits are here printed in book form, separated from the original material; they now collectively construct a new typology of ‘female poses’. In the closing essay titled Picture a Woman, the American photographer Justine Kurland writes “turning the pages of RePose, those images mapping on top of each other like a flip-book, animating Tarrah’s marionette-like movements and stuttering to life. We might think of the Greek root of the word “archive” itself, meaning “beginning, origin, first place,”and imagine Tarrah restaging her own birth, willing herself into being and rising out of the archive, hobbled together from the very stuff of her own exclusion like the undead of a Frankenstein’s monster. Tarrah dances over the archive, her form a singular, snaking aggregate containing a chorus of women’s poses.”

Weight 1 kg


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