Document Type

Gallery Guide

Publication Date

1-19-2011

Abstract

Photography as a medium has always been actively concerned with describing identity. While a portrait is typically an artistic representation of a person where verisimilitude is the goal, here the inquiry is questioned and expanded. Rather than employing a camera to create an objective document, the artists in this exhibition are often involved in constructing narrative sequences that pose questions with open-ended outcomes. As the title, The Truth is Not in the Mirror... suggests, photography has the power to imply, construct, and/or deny a narrative. Many of the photographers are contemporary storytellers and, in this sense, their work reflects facets of our ever-changing precepts about family, identity, truth and fiction.

Comments

Published version. Published in a Haggerty Museum gallery guide entitled "The Truth is Not in the Mirror" (2012). ©2012 Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University. Used with permission.

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