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March 21-23, 2024

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Rana Young - The Rug's Topography

Artist Presentation

Friday, October 05 - 10:00AM to 10:45AM
401 Design Building

Young's photographs employ themes of tension, voyeurism, and transition to represent interpretation of self. Her constructed images balance organic intimacy and cinematic theatricality by implementing symbolism, color theory, and seductive lighting. Using a directorial approach, she often creates an environment that transforms viewer into voyeur. Although stemming from personal experience, the photographs ask the viewer to bring their own history, biases, and prejudices to interpret the imagery. The Rug's Topography is Young's collaborative study of her intimate partner of six years, a dissection of the dissolution of that partnership, and a study of expectations related to gender roles and societal norms within it. The juxtaposition of gaze and gesture result in a series of blended self-portraits, expressing the pair's emotions in relation to their individual identities, shared past and unknown future.


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