My practice negotiates a knowledge of selfhood through a profoundly corporeal dimension; the photographs speaking to the ways that sexuality, violence, family, and social status may be written, sometimes literally, upon the body.
I am interested in images which relentlessly examine the body’s ability to channel personal and social histories as well as the camera’s formal capacity for archival use. My work speaks to the tension implicit in family versus community, intimacy versus awkwardness, and private versus public.
Deana Lawson (Brooklyn, NY) holds BFA and MFA in Photography from Pennsylvania State University at University Park and RISD respectively. A recipient of numerous residencies including a 2007 Visual Studies Workshop residency, a 2008 Light Work residency, and a 2009 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council residency, Lawson’s work has been featured in such exhibitions as New Photography 2011 at the Museum of Modern Art (2011), Prolonged Fragments at the Elizabeth Foundation (2011), Greater New York at PS1 (2010), the Studio Museum in Harlem (2005 & 2010), 50 Photographers Photograph the Future at Higher Pictures (2010), all in NYC; the Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, Milk Contemporary in Copenhagen, Denmark, and the Kit Museum in Dusseldorf, Germany; as well as in Converging Margins curated by Leah Oates at CPW (2008). Her work has been recognized and supported through many fellowships including the 2006 NYFA Artist Fellowship in Photography, a 2009 Aaron Siskind Fellowship, and the 2010 John Gutmann Photography Fellowship. Her images have been featured in such publications as Contact Sheet, Time Out New York, the Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography Vol. 2 published by the Humble Art Foundation, as well as of CPW’s publication PQ. Deana Lawson was an artist-in-residence at CPW in September of 2011.