Body - NOMINEE: Jordanna Kalman
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When considered as an object the photograph exists physically in the world, it belongs to someone; it gets held, it has weight, value. I’ve been interested in this concept for some time.
It was this interest plus the recurrent use of my images online without my permission that motivated the creation of the series Little Romances. I have always made very personal work, my current emotional state and interests get translated directly into my images. Most all these images reflect anxieties about being a woman, navigating what that means; what is expected of me versus what I’m capable of. I’ve always been fascinated by women who are comfortable in their bodies and with sexuality while it has always been a mystery to me. In sharing this work online, sometimes it is treated with respect, but more often not.
In Little Romances I photograph prints of my photographs and they become a physical object; my object. I surround them with elements from my garden or other personal items not to evoke nostalgia or sentimentality but to deepen my physical connection/claim to these images. The object-image becomes obscured, repurposed, diverted, so that its original intent remains safe from viewing and at the same time it explores a new narrative.
Jordanna Kalman lives and works in NY. Her work explores loneliness, femininity and individuality. She received her MA in photography from the London College of Communication and her BFA in photography from Purchase College. Jordanna has had her work shown nationally, internationally and online and has exhibited most recently at Rubber Factory in NYC with a solo show of her series Invisible. She runs the online photography gallery Streit House Space and the instagram residency program Streit Lab. She works on many different things very slowly all at once.