Elinor Carucci, Guilt, 2003, C-print, 16x20", courtesy Edwyn Houck Gallery, NYC

Elinor Carucci, Guilt, 2003, C-print, 16×20″, courtesy Edwyn Houck Gallery, NYC

Elinor Carucci

Crisis is a body of work taken during a very difficult time in my relationship with my husband, Eran.

It was photography that allowed me to be able to step away, to see what was going on. The fact that Eran let me take those pictures, in the middle of these difficult situations, in a way, reconnected me to him. I was surprised by the fact that I was taking pictures, that I needed so much to make pictures, that I was pushing my own limits, that I wanted to do this. I wanted to look at us. I wanted to be able to see the beauty in those painful moments, to create, to feel myself and who I am because everything else felt like total chaos and out of control.
I felt the need to title the images in a more specific way then my work in the past. Some situations became charged by just a little piece of information, where otherwise they might have seemed mundane. With a few words, a documented moment was charged, making it possible to have a more full and deep understanding of the piece.

These images are my warning signs now. I know what to look for, what to be careful about; I have these photographs to remind me.

Elinor Carucci (New York, NY) received her BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem before moving to NYC, where she currently lives and works. Her intimate color photographs of her family and self are celebrated worldwide for their emotional honesty and personal draw. Carucci’s work has been exhibited internationally at the Gagosian Gallery in London, Ricco/Maresca Gallery in NYC, the Prague House of Photography, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Israel Museum, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in NYC; and collected by the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, the International Center for Photography in NYC, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Houston Museum of Fine Art. Carucci’s monographs include Closer and Diary of a Dancer. Additionally her images have appeared in books Sleep, MaleFamale, Love and Desire by Chronicle; and magazines New York Times Magazine, New Yorker, W, Vogue, New York, PDN, Elle, American Photo, and others. She is the recipient of a 2002 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2001 ICP Infinity Award. Ms. Carucci currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts and is represented in NY by Edwynn Houk Gallery and Art & Commerce.